Compass Minerals International (NYSE: CMP) is one of 26 publicly-traded companies in the “Agricultural Chemicals” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Compass Minerals International to similar businesses based off the strength of its analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, valuation, risk, institutional ownership and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Compass Minerals International and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Compass Minerals International 0 3 0 0 2.00
Compass Minerals International Competitors 213 814 900 34 2.39

Compass Minerals International presently has a consensus target price of $67.00, suggesting a potential downside of 0.89%. All “Agricultural Chemicals” companies have a potential upside of 4.93%. Given Compass Minerals International’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Compass Minerals International has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

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 3.0% and pay out 73.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Compass Minerals International has increased its dividend for 13 consecutive years.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

47.5% of shares of all “Agricultural Chemicals” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.8% of Compass Minerals International shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 22.4% of shares of all “Agricultural Chemicals” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

Compass Minerals International has a beta of 0.46, meaning that its stock price is 54% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Compass Minerals International’s peers have a beta of 0.94, meaning that their average stock price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Compass Minerals International and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Compass Minerals International $1.24 billion $248.20 million 18.88
Compass Minerals International Competitors $3.94 billion $797.13 million 13.70

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

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Compass Minerals International -2.81% -3.66% -1.11%
Compass Minerals International Competitors -399.40% -15.85% -9.54%

Summary

Compass Minerals International peers beat Compass Minerals International on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

Compass Minerals International Company Profile

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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