Calyxt (CLXT) versus Terra Nitrogen (TNH) Head-To-Head Analysis

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Calyxt (NASDAQ: CLXT) and Terra Nitrogen (NYSE:TNH) are both small-cap consumer staples companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, risk, institutional ownership, profitability and dividends.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

21.8% of Calyxt shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 3.5% of Terra Nitrogen shares are held by institutional investors. 2.8% of Calyxt shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.0% of Terra Nitrogen shares are held by company 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.


Terra Nitrogen pays an annual dividend of $8.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.7%. Calyxt does not pay a dividend.


This table compares Calyxt and Terra Nitrogen’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Calyxt -5,930.60% -60.81% -46.54%
Terra Nitrogen 38.75% 41.57% 38.41%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Calyxt and Terra Nitrogen, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Calyxt 0 1 4 0 2.80
Terra Nitrogen 0 0 0 0 N/A

Calyxt currently has a consensus price target of $29.05, suggesting a potential upside of 55.60%. Given Calyxt’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Calyxt is more favorable than Terra Nitrogen.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Calyxt and Terra Nitrogen’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Calyxt $510,000.00 1,025.75 -$25.98 million ($1.12) -16.67
Terra Nitrogen $397.20 million 3.91 $153.90 million N/A N/A

Terra Nitrogen has higher revenue and earnings than Calyxt.


Terra Nitrogen beats Calyxt on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About Terra Nitrogen

Terra Nitrogen Company, L.P. (TNCLP) is a limited partnership that produces nitrogen fertilizer products. The Company’s principal products are anhydrous ammonia (ammonia) and urea ammonium nitrate solutions (UAN), which it manufactures at its facility in Verdigris, Oklahoma. Its nitrogen products are used primarily by farmers. For the year ended December 31, 2016, it had sold 2.2 million tons of nitrogen fertilizers. The Company has production facility, in Verdigris, Oklahoma. As of December 31, 2016, it had two ammonia plants, two nitric acid plants and two UAN plants. The Company conducts its operations through an operating partnership, Terra Nitrogen, Limited Partnership (TNLP). Terra Nitrogen GP Inc. is the general partner of both TNCLP and TNLP and owns a 0.025% general partner interest in each of TNCLP and TNLP. The General Partner is an indirect subsidiary of CF Industries Holdings, Inc., which is engaged in the manufacturing and distribution of nitrogen products.

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