Head-To-Head Survey: Calyxt (CLXT) vs. American Vanguard (AVD)

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


American Vanguard pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.4%. Calyxt does not pay a dividend. American Vanguard pays out 14.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Calyxt and American Vanguard, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Calyxt 0 1 4 0 2.80
American Vanguard 0 1 1 0 2.50

Calyxt presently has a consensus price target of $29.05, indicating a potential upside of 76.06%. American Vanguard has a consensus price target of $25.50, indicating a potential upside of 15.65%. Given Calyxt’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Calyxt is more favorable than American Vanguard.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Calyxt and American Vanguard’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Calyxt $510,000.00 906.53 -$25.98 million ($1.12) -14.73
American Vanguard $355.05 million 1.86 $20.27 million $0.57 38.68

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


This table compares Calyxt and American Vanguard’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%
American Vanguard 5.52% 6.01% 3.63%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

22.1% of Calyxt shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 76.4% of American Vanguard shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.8% of Calyxt shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.2% of American Vanguard shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


American Vanguard 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.

American Vanguard Company Profile

American Vanguard Corporation, through its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures, and markets specialty chemicals for agricultural, commercial, and consumer uses in the United States and internationally. The company manufactures and formulates chemicals, including insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, molluscicides, growth regulators, and soil fumigants in liquid, powder, and granular forms for crops, turf and ornamental plants, and human and animal health protection. It also markets and distributes end-use chemical and biological products for crop applications; and distributes technology based pesticide solutions for greenhouse and nursery production applications, as well as offers formulations, such as PCNB, chlorothalonil, and propiconazole. The company distributes its products through national distribution companies and buying groups or co-operatives; and through sales offices and sales force executives. American Vanguard Corporation was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Newport Beach, California.

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