S&W Seed (SANW) versus Origin Agritech (SEED) Financial Review

S&W Seed (NASDAQ:SANW) and Origin Agritech (NASDAQ:SEED) are both small-cap consumer staples companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends and profitability.

Volatility & Risk

S&W Seed has a beta of -0.55, suggesting that its stock price is 155% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Origin Agritech has a beta of -0.36, suggesting that its stock price is 136% less volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares S&W Seed and Origin Agritech’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
S&W Seed -7.37% -6.13% -3.18%
Origin Agritech N/A N/A N/A

Institutional & Insider Ownership

65.9% of S&W Seed shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 6.4% of Origin Agritech shares are held by institutional investors. 5.2% of S&W Seed shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for S&W Seed and Origin Agritech, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
S&W Seed 0 0 2 0 3.00
Origin Agritech 0 0 0 0 N/A

S&W Seed presently has a consensus target price of $5.50, suggesting a potential upside of 84.56%. Given S&W Seed’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe S&W Seed is more favorable than Origin Agritech.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares S&W Seed and Origin Agritech’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
S&W Seed $64.09 million 1.21 -$4.72 million ($0.22) -13.55
Origin Agritech $50.20 million 0.37 -$11.40 million N/A N/A

S&W Seed has higher revenue and earnings than Origin Agritech.


S&W Seed beats Origin Agritech on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About S&W Seed

S&W Seed Company, an agricultural company, engages in breeding, growing, processing, and selling alfalfa seeds. The company sells its seeds to distributors and dealers in approximately 30 countries worldwide. S&W Seed Company was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Sacramento, California.

About Origin Agritech

Origin Agritech Limited, an agricultural biotechnology company, engages in crop seed breeding and genetic improvement activities in the People's Republic of China. The company is involved in the research and development, production, sale, and marketing of hybrid crop seeds; and provision of related technical services. It primarily offers crop seeds, including corn, rice, and canola seeds. Origin Agritech Limited was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Beijing, the People's Republic of China.

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