Contrasting CVR Partners (UAN) and Calyxt (CLXT)

CVR Partners (NYSE: UAN) and Calyxt (NASDAQ:CLXT) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, dividends, profitability, risk and analyst recommendations.

Dividends

CVR Partners pays an annual dividend of $0.02 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. Calyxt does not pay a dividend. CVR Partners pays out -3.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares CVR Partners and Calyxt’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CVR Partners -22.01% -12.39% -5.69%
Calyxt -5,164.61% -75.53% -57.81%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares CVR Partners and Calyxt’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CVR Partners $330.80 million 1.04 -$72.78 million ($0.64) -4.75
Calyxt $510,000.00 931.48 -$25.98 million ($1.12) -15.12

Calyxt has lower revenue, but higher earnings than CVR Partners. Calyxt is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than CVR Partners, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for CVR Partners and Calyxt, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CVR Partners 0 0 1 0 3.00
Calyxt 0 1 4 0 2.80

CVR Partners currently has a consensus price target of $5.00, suggesting a potential upside of 64.47%. Calyxt has a consensus price target of $29.05, suggesting a potential upside of 71.59%. Given Calyxt’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Calyxt is more favorable than CVR Partners.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

31.0% of CVR Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 22.1% of Calyxt shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

CVR Partners beats Calyxt on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About CVR Partners

CVR Partners LP is a holding company, which engages in the nitrogen fertilizer business. Its products include ammonia and urea ammonium nitrate fertilizers. The company was founded on June 1, 2007 and is headquartered in Sugar Land, TX.

About Calyxt

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.

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