Reviewing China Green Agriculture (CGA) & Calyxt (CLXT)

China Green Agriculture (NYSE:CGA) and Calyxt (NASDAQ:CLXT) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, profitability, risk and institutional ownership.

Volatility and Risk

China Green Agriculture has a beta of 1.42, indicating that its share price is 42% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Calyxt has a beta of 3.37, indicating that its share price is 237% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares China Green Agriculture and Calyxt’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
China Green Agriculture -1.06% -0.73% -0.62%
Calyxt -6,256.67% -33.08% -26.44%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for China Green Agriculture and Calyxt, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
China Green Agriculture 0 0 0 0 N/A
Calyxt 0 2 2 0 2.50

Calyxt has a consensus target price of $23.06, suggesting a potential upside of 104.27%. Given Calyxt’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Calyxt is more favorable than China Green Agriculture.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares China Green Agriculture and Calyxt’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
China Green Agriculture $287.05 million 0.10 -$6.93 million N/A N/A
Calyxt $510,000.00 721.01 -$25.98 million ($1.12) -10.08

China Green Agriculture has higher revenue and earnings than Calyxt.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

4.1% of China Green Agriculture shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 28.3% of Calyxt shares are owned by institutional investors. 30.3% of China Green Agriculture shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.8% of Calyxt shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


China Green Agriculture beats Calyxt on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

China Green Agriculture Company Profile

China Green Agriculture, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the research, development, production, and sale of various types of fertilizers and agricultural products. The company operates in three segments: Jinong, Gufeng, and Yuxing. Its fertilizer products include humic acid-based compound fertilizers, compound fertilizers, blended fertilizers, organic compound fertilizers, slow-release fertilizers, water-soluble fertilizers, and mixed organic-inorganic compound fertilizers. The company markets its fertilizer products to private wholesalers and retailers of agricultural farm products. It also develops, produces, and sells fruits, vegetables, flowers, and colored seedlings. The company sells its decorative flowers to end-users, such as flower shops, luxury hotels, and government agencies; fruits and vegetables to supermarkets and upscale restaurants; and seedlings to city planning departments. As of June 30, 2017, it operated a network of 1,947 regional distributors covering 22 provinces, 4 autonomous regions, and 4 central government-controlled municipalities in China. The company also exports its products through contracted distributors to India and Africa. China Green Agriculture, Inc. is based in Xi'an, the People's Republic of China.

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, improved oil composition canola, herbicide tolerant canola, improved quality alfalfa and herbicide tolerant alfalfa, late blight resistant potatoes, cold storable/reduced browning potatoes, improved protein composition soybeans, drought tolerant soybeans, herbicide tolerant soybeans, and improved 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 Roseville, Minnesota. Calyxt, Inc. is a subsidiary of Cellectis S.A.

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