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

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
3M $30.53 billion 4.23 $8.53 billion $8.77 24.69
E I Du Pont De Nemours And $25.30 billion 2.88 $5.32 billion $2.56 32.79

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.

Risk & Volatility

3M has a beta of 1.09, meaning that its share price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, E I Du Pont De Nemours And has a beta of 1.76, meaning that its share price is 76% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for 3M and E I Du Pont De Nemours And, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
3M 3 3 6 0 2.25
E I Du Pont De Nemours And 0 4 6 0 2.60

3M presently has a consensus price target of $212.90, indicating a potential downside of 1.67%. E I Du Pont De Nemours And has a consensus price target of $80.30, indicating a potential downside of 4.33%. Given 3M’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe 3M is more favorable than E I Du Pont De Nemours And.

Dividends

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 an annual dividend of $1.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. 3M pays out 53.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. E I Du Pont De Nemours And pays out 59.4% 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 increased its dividend for 58 consecutive years. 3M is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

66.2% of 3M shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 71.2% of E I Du Pont De Nemours And shares are held by institutional investors. 0.6% of 3M shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.3% of E I Du Pont De Nemours And shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

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

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

Summary

3M beats E I Du Pont De Nemours And on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

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.

Receive News & Ratings for 3M Company Daily - Enter your email address below to receive a concise daily summary of the latest news and analysts' ratings for 3M Company and related companies with MarketBeat.com's FREE daily email newsletter.