Monsanto (NYSE: MON) is one of 26 public companies in the “Agricultural Chemicals” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Monsanto to related companies based off the strength of its valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, risk and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares Monsanto and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Monsanto 14.11% 45.26% 11.37%
Monsanto Competitors -398.76% -15.17% -9.33%

Risk & Volatility

Monsanto has a beta of 1.07, indicating that its stock price is 7% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Monsanto’s competitors have a beta of 0.94, indicating that their average stock price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Monsanto and its competitors revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Monsanto $14.52 billion $4.19 billion 25.42
Monsanto Competitors $3.94 billion $797.13 million 13.70

Monsanto has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. Monsanto is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently the more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

74.8% of Monsanto shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 47.5% of shares of all “Agricultural Chemicals” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.8% of Monsanto shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 22.4% of shares of all “Agricultural Chemicals” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Monsanto pays an annual dividend of $2.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. Monsanto pays out 46.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. 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. Monsanto has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Monsanto and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Monsanto 0 7 8 0 2.53
Monsanto Competitors 213 814 900 34 2.39

Monsanto currently has a consensus price target of $123.62, indicating a potential upside of 5.28%. All “Agricultural Chemicals” companies have a potential upside of 4.25%. Given Monsanto’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Monsanto is more favorable than its competitors.

Summary

Monsanto beats its competitors on 12 of the 15 factors compared.

About Monsanto

Monsanto Company (Monsanto), along with its subsidiaries, is a provider of agricultural products for farmers. The Company provides seeds, biotechnology trait products, herbicides and digital agriculture tools to farmers. The Company operates through two segments: Seeds and Genomics, and Agricultural Productivity. Through its Seeds and Genomics segment, the Company produces seed brands, including DEKALB, Asgrow, Deltapine, Seminis and De Ruiter, and it develops biotechnology traits that assist farmers in controlling insects and weeds and digital agriculture to assist farmers in decision-making. The Seeds and Genomics segment offers products, such as Germplasm and Biotechnology traits. Through its Agricultural Productivity segment, the Company manufactures Roundup brand herbicides and other herbicides and provides lawn-and-garden herbicide products for the residential market.

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