Intrepid Potash (NYSE: IPI) and Syngenta AG (NYSE:SYT) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability and risk.

Profitability

This table compares Intrepid Potash and Syngenta AG’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Intrepid Potash -30.56% -12.37% -8.86%
Syngenta AG N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Intrepid Potash and Syngenta AG, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Intrepid Potash 0 1 0 0 2.00
Syngenta AG 0 1 1 1 3.00

Intrepid Potash presently has a consensus price target of $3.00, indicating a potential downside of 22.88%. Syngenta AG has a consensus price target of $91.00, indicating a potential downside of 1.13%. Given Syngenta AG’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Syngenta AG is more favorable than Intrepid Potash.

Volatility & Risk

Intrepid Potash has a beta of 1.13, indicating that its share price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Syngenta AG has a beta of 0.95, indicating that its share price is 5% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

47.3% of Intrepid Potash shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.2% of Syngenta AG shares are owned by institutional investors. 27.3% of Intrepid Potash shares 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.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Intrepid Potash and Syngenta AG’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Intrepid Potash $133.60 million 3.57 -$86,000.00 ($0.68) -5.72
Syngenta AG $12.62 billion 3.37 $2.54 billion N/A N/A

Syngenta AG has higher revenue and earnings than Intrepid Potash.

Summary

Syngenta AG beats Intrepid Potash on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Intrepid Potash Company Profile

Intrepid Potash, Inc. is a producer of muriate of potash (potassium chloride or potash) and langbeinite (sulfate of potash magnesia) in the United States, which it markets and sells as Trio. The Company operates in the extraction, production and sale of potassium-related products. Its products are potash and Trio. It sells potash into three markets, including the agricultural market as a fertilizer input; the industrial market as a component in drilling and fracturing fluids for oil and gas wells and an input to other industrial processes, and the animal feed market as a nutrient supplement. Trio, which it mines from langbeinite ore, is its specialty fertilizer that delivers potassium, sulfate and magnesium in a single particle and has low chloride. The Company also produces salt, magnesium chloride, metal recovery salts and brine containing salt and potassium from its mining processes. It produces potash from three solar evaporation solution mining facilities.

Syngenta AG Company Profile

Syngenta AG (Syngenta) is an agribusiness company. The Company operates in the crop protection and seeds business, which is involved in the discovery, development, manufacture and marketing of a range of products designed to improve crop yields and food quality, and in the lawn and garden business, which provides professional growers and consumers with flowers, turf and landscape, and professional pest management products. It operates in four geographic regions: Europe, Africa and Middle East; North America; Latin America, and Asia Pacific. It also operates the Crop Protection and Seeds businesses, and the global Lawn and Garden business. Syngenta has a range of selective herbicides that control grasses and broad-leaved weeds and are applicable to various crops. Syngenta has a range of Fungicides that prevent and cure fungal plant diseases. In addition, Syngenta has a range of biologicals into its portfolio in various countries, including the brands QUANTIS, ISABION and SAKALIA.

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