Compass Minerals International (NYSE: CMP) is one of 28 publicly-traded companies in the “Agricultural Chemicals” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Compass Minerals International to similar companies based on the strength of its dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, risk and profitability.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Compass Minerals International and its rivals revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Compass Minerals International $1.24 billion $248.20 million 18.52
Compass Minerals International Competitors $3.75 billion $757.62 million 14.92

Compass Minerals International’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Compass Minerals International. Compass Minerals International is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Compass Minerals International and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Compass Minerals International 0 2 3 0 2.60
Compass Minerals International Competitors 176 728 882 31 2.42

Compass Minerals International currently has a consensus target price of $73.60, indicating a potential upside of 11.01%. As a group, “Agricultural Chemicals” companies have a potential upside of 1.25%. Given Compass Minerals International’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Compass Minerals International is more favorable than its rivals.

Profitability

This table compares Compass Minerals International and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Compass Minerals International 9.83% 10.01% 3.06%
Compass Minerals International Competitors -533.64% -14.43% -9.07%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

49.0% of shares of all “Agricultural Chemicals” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.8% of Compass Minerals International shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 16.0% of shares of all “Agricultural Chemicals” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

Compass Minerals International has a beta of 0.44, indicating that its stock price is 56% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Compass Minerals International’s rivals have a beta of 0.95, indicating that their average stock price is 5% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Compass Minerals International pays an annual dividend of $2.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.3%. Compass Minerals International pays out 80.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Agricultural Chemicals” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.9% and pay out 71.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Compass Minerals International has increased its dividend for 13 consecutive years.

Summary

Compass Minerals International beats its rivals on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About Compass Minerals International

Compass Minerals International, Inc. (CMI) is a provider of essential minerals that solve nature’s challenges, including salt for winter roadway safety and other consumer, industrial and agricultural uses; specialty plant nutrition minerals for the quality and yield of crops, and specialty chemicals for water treatment and other industrial processes. The Company has three segments: Salt, Plant Nutrition North America and Plant Nutrition South America. The Salt segment produces and markets salt and magnesium chloride for use in road deicing and dust control, food processing, water softeners, and agricultural and industrial applications. Its Plant Nutrition North America segment includes sales of sulfate of potash (SOP) specialty fertilizer and micronutrients. The Plant Nutrition South America segment operates two primary businesses in Brazil: agricultural productivity and chemical solutions.

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