Critical Review: Cal-Maine Foods (CALM) versus Its Rivals

Cal-Maine Foods (NASDAQ: CALM) is one of 20 publicly-traded companies in the “Agribusiness” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Cal-Maine Foods to related businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, earnings, dividends, risk and analyst recommendations.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

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60.5% of Cal-Maine Foods shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 48.5% of shares of all “Agribusiness” companies are held by institutional investors. 33.2% of Cal-Maine Foods shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 15.5% of shares of all “Agribusiness” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Cal-Maine Foods and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cal-Maine Foods -5.18% -1.15% -0.92%
Cal-Maine Foods Competitors -18.32% 2.14% 1.78%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Cal-Maine Foods and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Cal-Maine Foods $1.07 billion -$74.27 million -34.84
Cal-Maine Foods Competitors $8.40 billion $353.86 million 8.34

Cal-Maine Foods’ rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Cal-Maine Foods. Cal-Maine Foods is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Risk and Volatility

Cal-Maine Foods has a beta of 0.65, suggesting that its share price is 35% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cal-Maine Foods’ rivals have a beta of 0.70, suggesting that their average share price is 30% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Cal-Maine Foods and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cal-Maine Foods 1 1 1 0 2.00
Cal-Maine Foods Competitors 221 731 765 49 2.36

Cal-Maine Foods presently has a consensus price target of $37.00, suggesting a potential downside of 17.69%. As a group, “Agribusiness” companies have a potential upside of 10.54%. Given Cal-Maine Foods’ rivals stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Cal-Maine Foods has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Summary

Cal-Maine Foods rivals beat Cal-Maine Foods on 10 of the 13 factors compared.

About Cal-Maine Foods

Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. is a producer and marketer of shell eggs in the United States. The Company operates through the segment of production, grading, packaging, marketing and distribution of shell eggs. It offers shell eggs, including specialty and non-specialty eggs. It classifies cage free, organic and brown eggs as specialty products. It classifies all other shell eggs as non-specialty products. The Company markets its specialty shell eggs under the brands, including Egg-Land’s Best, Land O’ Lakes, Farmhouse and 4-Grain. The Company, through Egg-Land’s Best, Inc. (EB), produces, markets and distributes Egg-Land’s Best and Land O’ Lakes branded eggs. It markets cage-free eggs under its Farmhouse brand and distributes them throughout southeast and southwest regions of the United States. It markets organic, wholesome, cage-free, vegetarian and omega-3 eggs under its 4-Grain brand. It also produces, markets and distributes private label specialty shell eggs to customers.

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