Comparing Compass Minerals International (CMP) and Its Rivals
Compass Minerals International (NYSE: CMP) is one of 27 publicly-traded companies in the “Agricultural Chemicals” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Compass Minerals International to similar businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, profitability and earnings.
Compass Minerals International pays an annual dividend of $2.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.2%. 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 73.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Compass Minerals International has raised its dividend for 13 consecutive years.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
47.5% of shares of all “Agricultural Chemicals” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.8% of Compass Minerals International shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 22.4% 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.
This table compares Compass Minerals International and its competitors’ 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||-398.76%||-15.17%||-9.33%|
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Compass Minerals International and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||EBITDA||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Compass Minerals International||$1.24 billion||$248.20 million||19.27|
|Compass Minerals International Competitors||$3.75 billion||$757.16 million||14.46|
Compass Minerals International’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Compass Minerals International. Compass Minerals International is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.
This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Compass Minerals International and its competitors, 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||214||817||904||34||2.38|
Compass Minerals International presently has a consensus target price of $67.00, suggesting a potential downside of 2.90%. As a group, “Agricultural Chemicals” companies have a potential upside of 2.53%. Given Compass Minerals International’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Compass Minerals International has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.
Risk and Volatility
Compass Minerals International has a beta of 0.46, meaning that its share price is 54% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Compass Minerals International’s competitors have a beta of 0.94, meaning that their average share price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Compass Minerals International competitors beat Compass Minerals International on 10 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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