Landec Corporation (LNDC) & Limoneira (NASDAQ:LMNR) Financial Survey

Landec Corporation (NASDAQ: LNDC) and Limoneira (NASDAQ:LMNR) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, risk, earnings, institutional ownership, profitabiliy, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Landec Corporation and Limoneira, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Landec Corporation 0 1 1 0 2.50
Limoneira 0 0 2 0 3.00

Landec Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $13.00, indicating a potential upside of 3.59%. Limoneira has a consensus price target of $26.25, indicating a potential upside of 18.56%. Given Limoneira’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Limoneira is more favorable than Landec Corporation.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

92.0% of Landec Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 25.6% of Limoneira shares are held by institutional investors. 4.9% of Landec Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.7% of Limoneira shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Landec Corporation and Limoneira’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Landec Corporation $532.26 million 0.65 $25.94 million $0.39 32.18
Limoneira $124.42 million 2.56 $22.57 million $0.78 28.38

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

Volatility & Risk

Landec Corporation has a beta of 1.4, indicating that its share price is 40% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Limoneira has a beta of 0.89, indicating that its share price is 11% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Limoneira pays an annual dividend of $0.22 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Landec Corporation does not pay a dividend. Limoneira pays out 28.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Landec Corporation and Limoneira’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Landec Corporation 1.99% 4.81% 3.08%
Limoneira 9.82% 9.09% 3.71%

Summary

Limoneira beats Landec Corporation on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Landec Corporation

Landec Corporation designs, develops, manufactures and sells a range of health and wellness products for food and biomaterials markets. The Company licenses technology applications to partners. The Company operates through three segments: Packaged Fresh Vegetables, Food Export and Biomaterials. The Packaged Fresh Vegetables segment markets and packs specialty packaged whole and fresh-cut fruit and vegetables, the majority of which incorporate the BreatheWay specialty packaging for the retail grocery, club store and food services industry. The Food Export segment is engaged in the purchase and sale of whole commodity fruit and vegetable products primarily to Asia. The Biomaterials segment sells products utilizing hyaluronan, a polysaccharide that is distributed in the extracellular matrix of connective tissues in both animals and humans, and non-hyaluronan (HA) products for medical use primarily in the ophthalmic, orthopedic and other markets.

About Limoneira

Limoneira Company is engaged in agribusiness and real estate development. The Company’s operations consist of fruit production, sales and marketing, rental operations, real estate development and capital investment activities. The Company’s segments include lemon operations, other agribusiness, rental operations and real estate development. The Company has three business divisions: agribusiness, rental operations and real estate development. The Company operates its packinghouses in Santa Paula, California and Yuma, Arizona. The Company’s water resources include water rights, usage rights and pumping rights to the water in aquifers. The Company’s agribusiness includes farming, harvesting, lemon packing and lemon sales operations. The rental operations division includes residential and commercial rentals, leased land operations and organic recycling. The real estate development division includes developable land parcels, multi-family housing and single-family homes.

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