Compass Minerals International (NYSE: CMP) is one of 27 public companies in the “Agricultural Chemicals” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Compass Minerals International to related businesses based on the strength of its risk, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability and valuation.

Dividends

Compass Minerals International pays an annual dividend of $2.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.1%. 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 increased its dividend for 13 consecutive years.

Risk & 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 rivals have a beta of 0.94, meaning that their average share price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and 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 hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

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 -398.76% -15.17% -9.33%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Compass Minerals International and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Compass Minerals International 0 3 0 0 2.00
Compass Minerals International Competitors 214 817 909 34 2.39

Compass Minerals International currently has a consensus target price of $67.00, indicating a potential downside of 3.80%. As a group, “Agricultural Chemicals” companies have a potential upside of 1.20%. Given Compass Minerals International’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Compass Minerals International has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Compass Minerals International $1.24 billion $248.20 million 19.46
Compass Minerals International Competitors $3.75 billion $757.16 million 14.74

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.

Summary

Compass Minerals International rivals 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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