Rentech Nitrogen Partners (NYSE: RNF) and CF Industries Holdings (NYSE:CF) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitabiliy, risk, dividends and earnings.


This table compares Rentech Nitrogen Partners and CF Industries Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Rentech Nitrogen Partners -24.24% N/A -28.26%
CF Industries Holdings -8.77% 0.41% 0.18%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Rentech Nitrogen Partners and CF Industries Holdings, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Rentech Nitrogen Partners 0 0 0 0 N/A
CF Industries Holdings 2 5 5 0 2.25

CF Industries Holdings has a consensus price target of $30.09, suggesting a potential upside of 2.04%. Given CF Industries Holdings’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe CF Industries Holdings is more favorable than Rentech Nitrogen Partners.


CF Industries Holdings pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.1%. Rentech Nitrogen Partners does not pay a dividend. CF Industries Holdings pays out -85.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Rentech Nitrogen Partners has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years and CF Industries Holdings has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Rentech Nitrogen Partners and CF Industries Holdings’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Rentech Nitrogen Partners N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
CF Industries Holdings $3.72 billion 1.85 $1.20 billion ($1.40) -21.06

CF Industries Holdings has higher revenue and earnings than Rentech Nitrogen Partners.


CF Industries Holdings beats Rentech Nitrogen Partners on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Rentech Nitrogen Partners Company Profile

East Dubuque Nitrogen Partners, L.P., formerly Rentech Nitrogen Partners, L.P., is a master limited partnership that owns and operates a fertilizer business. The Company operates through two business segments: East Dubuque and Pasadena. The Company owns and operates the East Dubuque Facility and its Pasadena Facility. The East Dubuque Facility produces ammonia, urea ammonium nitrate (UAN), liquid and granular urea, nitric acid and food-grade carbon dioxide, using natural gas as its primary feedstock. The East Dubuque Facility is located on approximately 210 acres in the northwest corner of Illinois on a 140-foot bluff above the Upper Mississippi River. The Pasadena Facility produces synthetic ammonium sulfate and ammonium sulfate. The Pasadena Facility also produces sulfuric acid and ammonium thiosulfate. The Pasadena Facility’s products are applied to various crops, including soybeans, potatoes, cotton, canola, alfalfa, corn and wheat.

CF Industries Holdings Company Profile

CF Industries Holdings, Inc. manufactures and distributes nitrogen fertilizer, and other nitrogen products. The Company’s nitrogen fertilizer products are ammonia, granular urea, urea ammonium nitrate solution (UAN) and ammonium nitrate (AN). Its other nitrogen products include diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), urea liquor, nitric acid and aqua ammonia, which are sold primarily to the Company’s industrial customers, and compound fertilizer products (nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium or NPKs). The Company’s segments include ammonia, granular urea, UAN, AN and other. The Company’s ammonia segment produces anhydrous ammonia (ammonia), which is concentrated nitrogen fertilizer as it contains 82% nitrogen. The granular urea segment produces granular urea, which contains 46% nitrogen. The UAN segment produces urea ammonium nitrate solution. The Other segment includes DEF, urea liquor, nitric acid and NPKs. The Company’s primary nitrogen fertilizer products are ammonia, granular urea, UAN and AN.

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