22nd Century Group (NYSE: XXII) and U.S. Energy Corp. (NASDAQ:USEG) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, profitabiliy, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends and earnings.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

8.0% of U.S. Energy Corp. shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.7% of U.S. Energy Corp. shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings for 22nd Century Group and U.S. Energy Corp., as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
22nd Century Group 0 0 1 0 3.00
U.S. Energy Corp. 0 0 0 0 N/A

22nd Century Group presently has a consensus price target of $3.50, indicating a potential upside of 41.70%. Given 22nd Century Group’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe 22nd Century Group is more favorable than U.S. Energy Corp..


This table compares 22nd Century Group and U.S. Energy Corp.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
22nd Century Group -117.47% -45.50% -39.67%
U.S. Energy Corp. N/A N/A N/A

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares 22nd Century Group and U.S. Energy Corp.’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
22nd Century Group $11.49 million 19.54 -$10.26 million N/A N/A
U.S. Energy Corp. $6.43 million 0.70 -$358,999.00 N/A N/A

U.S. Energy Corp. has higher revenue, but lower earnings than 22nd Century Group.


U.S. Energy Corp. beats 22nd Century Group on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About 22nd Century Group

22nd Century Group, Inc. is a plant biotechnology company. The Company is focused on technology that allows increasing or decreasing the level of nicotine and other nicotinic alkaloids in tobacco plants, and levels of cannabinoids in cannabis plants through genetic engineering and plant breeding. It is engaged in various activities, including research and development of less harmful or modified risk tobacco products and tobacco plant varieties; development of X-22, a smoking cessation aid consisting of very low nicotine (VLN) cigarettes; manufacture, marketing and distribution of its RED SUN and MAGIC cigarettes; production of SPECTRUM research cigarettes for the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA); contract manufacturing of third-party branded tobacco products, and research and development of plant varieties of hemp/cannabis, such as plants with low to no amounts of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), plants with high levels of cannabidiol (CBD), and other non-THC cannabinoids.

About U.S. Energy Corp.

U.S. Energy Corp. (U.S. Energy) is an independent energy company focused on the acquisition and development of oil and gas producing properties in the continental United States. The Company’s business activities are focused on South Texas and the Williston Basin in North Dakota. The Company operates through Oil and Gas segment. The Company participates in oil and gas projects primarily as a non-operating working interest owner through exploration and development agreements with various oil and gas exploration and production companies. The Company is also pursuing acquisitions of exploration, development and production-stage oil and gas properties or companies. The Company holds a geographically and geologically diverse portfolio of oil-weighted prospects in varying-stages of exploration and development. The Company engages in the prospect stages either for its own account or with prospective partners to enlarge its oil and gas lease ownership base.

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