E I Du Pont De Nemours And (NYSE: DD) and 3M (NYSE:MMM) are both large-cap industrials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Risk & Volatility

E I Du Pont De Nemours And has a beta of 1.76, indicating that its stock price is 76% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, 3M has a beta of 1.08, indicating that its stock price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

E I Du Pont De Nemours And pays an annual dividend of $1.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. 3M pays an annual dividend of $4.70 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. E I Du Pont De Nemours And pays out 59.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. 3M pays out 53.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. E I Du Pont De Nemours And has raised its dividend for 58 consecutive years. 3M is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

71.2% of E I Du Pont De Nemours And shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 66.3% of 3M shares are held by institutional investors. 0.3% of E I Du Pont De Nemours And shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.6% of 3M shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares E I Du Pont De Nemours And and 3M’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
E I Du Pont De Nemours And 11.57% 29.17% 8.10%
3M 17.65% 47.83% 16.07%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares E I Du Pont De Nemours And and 3M’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
E I Du Pont De Nemours And $25.30 billion 2.88 $5.32 billion $2.56 32.79
3M $30.53 billion 4.17 $8.53 billion $8.77 24.33

3M has higher revenue and earnings than E I Du Pont De Nemours And. 3M is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than E I Du Pont De Nemours And, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for E I Du Pont De Nemours And and 3M, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
E I Du Pont De Nemours And 0 4 7 0 2.64
3M 2 3 6 0 2.36

E I Du Pont De Nemours And currently has a consensus price target of $79.87, suggesting a potential downside of 4.84%. 3M has a consensus price target of $205.89, suggesting a potential downside of 3.50%. Given 3M’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe 3M is more favorable than E I Du Pont De Nemours And.

Summary

3M beats E I Du Pont De Nemours And on 11 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

E I Du Pont De Nemours And Company Profile

E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company is a science and technology-based company. It operates through six segments: Agriculture, Electronics & Communications (E&C), Industrial Biosciences, Nutrition & Health, Performance Materials and Protection Solutions. Its Agriculture segment includes products, such as corn hybrids and soybean varieties, herbicides, fungicides and insecticides. Its E&C segment includes products, such as printing and packaging materials, photopolymers and electronic materials. Its Industrial Biosciences segment includes products, such as enzymes, bio-based materials and process technologies. Its Nutrition & Health segment includes products, such as probiotics, cultures, emulsifiers, natural sweeteners and soy-based food ingredients. Its Performance Materials segment includes products, such as engineering polymers, packaging and industrial polymers, films and elastomers. Its Protection Solutions segment includes products, such as nonwovens, aramids and solid surfaces.

3M Company Profile

3M Company is a technology company. It operates through five segments. The Industrial segment serves a range of markets, such as automotive original equipment manufacturer and automotive aftermarket, electronics, appliance, paper and printing, packaging, food and beverage, and construction. The Safety and Graphics segment serves a range of markets for the safety, security and productivity of people, facilities and systems. The Health Care segment serves markets that include medical clinics and hospitals, pharmaceuticals, health information systems, and food manufacturing and testing. The Electronics and Energy segment serves customers in electronics and energy markets, including solutions for the performance of electronic devices; electrical products, including infrastructure protection, and power generation and distribution. The Consumer segment serves markets that include consumer retail, office business to business, home improvement, drug and pharmacy retail, and other markets.

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