Comparing Calyxt (CLXT) and Scotts Miracle-Gro (SMG)

Calyxt (NASDAQ: CLXT) and Scotts Miracle-Gro (NYSE:SMG) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, valuation, institutional ownership, profitability, risk and analyst recommendations.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

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22.1% of Calyxt shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 66.6% of Scotts Miracle-Gro shares are owned by institutional investors. 29.1% of Scotts Miracle-Gro shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.



Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Calyxt and Scotts Miracle-Gro’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Calyxt $510,000.00 869.74 -$25.98 million ($1.12) -14.17
Scotts Miracle-Gro $2.64 billion 1.80 $218.30 million $3.94 21.18

Scotts Miracle-Gro has higher revenue and earnings than Calyxt. Calyxt is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Scotts Miracle-Gro, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Scotts Miracle-Gro pays an annual dividend of $2.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.5%. Calyxt does not pay a dividend. Scotts Miracle-Gro pays out 53.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Scotts Miracle-Gro has increased its dividend for 8 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Calyxt and Scotts Miracle-Gro, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Calyxt 0 1 4 0 2.80
Scotts Miracle-Gro 0 3 1 0 2.25

Calyxt presently has a consensus target price of $29.05, suggesting a potential upside of 83.05%. Scotts Miracle-Gro has a consensus target price of $99.67, suggesting a potential upside of 19.45%. Given Calyxt’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Calyxt is more favorable than Scotts Miracle-Gro.

Profitability

This table compares Calyxt and Scotts Miracle-Gro’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Calyxt -5,164.61% -75.53% -57.81%
Scotts Miracle-Gro 9.11% 38.33% 7.77%

Summary

Scotts Miracle-Gro beats Calyxt on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Calyxt Company Profile

Calyxt, Inc., a consumer-centric food- and agriculture-focused company, develops healthier specialty food ingredients and food crops using gene-editing technology for plants in the United States. It engages in the development of high oleic soybeans, high fiber wheat, herbicide tolerant wheat, powdery mildew resistant wheat, enhanced oil composition and herbicide tolerant canola, enhanced quality and herbicide tolerant alfalfa, late blight resistant potatoes, and cold storable/reduced browning potatoes, as well as enhanced protein composition, drought tolerant, herbicide tolerant, and enhanced yield soybeans. The Company was formerly known as Cellectis Plant Sciences, Inc. and changed its name to Calyxt, Inc. in May 2015. Calyxt, Inc. was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in New Brighton, Minnesota. Calyxt, Inc. is a subsidiary of Cellectis S.A.

Scotts Miracle-Gro Company Profile

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company manufactures, markets, and sells consumer lawn and garden products. The company operates through three segments: U.S. Consumer, Hawthorne, and Other. It offers lawn care products, including lawn fertilizers, grass seed products, spreaders, other durable products, and outdoor cleaners, as well as lawn-related weed, pest, and disease control products. The company also provides gardening and landscape products, such as water soluble and continuous-release plant foods, potting mixes and garden soils, mulch and decorative groundcover products, plant-related pest and disease control products, organic garden products, and live goods and seeding solutions. In addition, it offers hydroponic products that help users grow plants, flowers, and vegetables in an indoor or urban environment; and insect control products, rodent control products, and weed control products for home areas. The company offers its products under the Scotts, Turf Builder, EZ Seed, LiquaFeed, Water Smart, PatchMaster, GrubEx, EdgeGuard, Snap, Handy Green II, Scotts OxiCleanTM3, Miracle-Gro, Osmocote, Hyponex, Earthgro, SuperSoil, Ortho, Nature Scape, Miracle-Gro Organic Choice, Nature's Care, Whitney Farms, EcoScraps, Gro-ables, General Hydroponics, Gavita, AeroGarden, Botanicare, Vermicrop, Agrolux, Can-Filters, Fafard, Ortho, Tomcat, Roundup, and Groundclear brand names. It serves home centers, mass merchandisers, warehouse clubs, large hardware chains, independent hardware stores, nurseries, garden centers, food and drug stores, and indoor gardening and hydroponic distributors and retailers through a direct sales force, and network of brokers and distributors. The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company was founded in 1868 and is headquartered in Marysville, Ohio.

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