Pyxus International (PYX) & SunOpta (STKL) Head to Head Comparison

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Pyxus International (NYSE:PYX) and SunOpta (NASDAQ:STKL) are both small-cap consumer staples companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation and risk.

Profitability

This table compares Pyxus International and SunOpta’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Pyxus International 4.53% 4.29% 0.54%
SunOpta -10.53% -6.70% -1.75%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Pyxus International and SunOpta’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Pyxus International $1.85 billion 0.12 $52.43 million N/A N/A
SunOpta $1.28 billion 0.51 -$135.32 million ($0.14) -53.00

Pyxus International has higher revenue and earnings than SunOpta.

Volatility & Risk

Pyxus International has a beta of 0.37, suggesting that its stock price is 63% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SunOpta has a beta of 1.39, suggesting that its stock price is 39% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Pyxus International and SunOpta, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Pyxus International 0 0 1 0 3.00
SunOpta 0 0 1 0 3.00

SunOpta has a consensus price target of $10.00, suggesting a potential upside of 34.77%. Given SunOpta’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe SunOpta is more favorable than Pyxus International.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

67.3% of Pyxus International shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 79.4% of SunOpta shares are owned by institutional investors. 10.1% of Pyxus International shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.8% of SunOpta shares are owned 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.

Summary

Pyxus International beats SunOpta on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Pyxus International Company Profile

Pyxus International, Inc., an agricultural company, engages in the provision of various agricultural products, ingredients, and services to businesses and customers. It offers products in the leaf tobacco, e-liquids, industrial hemp, and cannabis industries. The company was formerly known as Alliance One International, Inc. and changed its name to Pyxus International, Inc. in September 2018. Pyxus International, Inc. was founded in 1873 and is based in Morrisville, North Carolina.

SunOpta Company Profile

SunOpta Inc. sources non-genetically modified (non-GMO) and organic ingredients; and manufactures food and beverage products in the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico, and Ethiopia. The company operates through Global Ingredients and Consumer Products segments. The Global Ingredients segment offers organic fruit- and vegetable-based raw materials and ingredients, sweeteners, cocoa, coffees, ancient grains, nuts, seeds and pulses, and other organic food products; identity preserved, non-GMO, and organic seeds and grains, including soy, corn, and sunflower; and seed and grain-based animal feed, and pet food products. It also provides processing and contract manufacturing services comprising seed and grain conditioning services for soy, corn, and sunflower; grain milling for corn with various granulations and batch sizing; coffee and sesame seed processing; and dry and oil roasting and packaging. In addition, this segment offers liquid and dried format seed, grain, and cocoa based ingredients; and specialty organic functional ingredients. The Consumer Products segment provides aseptic beverages, such as almond, soy, coconut, rice, and other non-dairy beverages, as well as broths, teas, and nutritional beverages; and organic and conventional beverage products comprising shelf stable and refrigerated juices, specialty beverages, and functional waters. It also offers natural and organic frozen fruits and vegetables; specialty fruit toppings and bases; and natural and organic fruit-based snacks. The company was formerly known as Stake Technology Ltd. and changed its name to SunOpta Inc. in October 2003. SunOpta Inc. was founded in 1973 and is headquartered in Mississauga, Canada.

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