Darling Ingredients (NYSE: DAR) is one of 50 publicly-traded companies in the “Food Processing” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Darling Ingredients to similar companies based on the strength of its profitability, dividends, earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk and institutional ownership.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

95.7% of Darling Ingredients shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.4% of shares of all “Food Processing” companies are owned by institutional investors. 2.0% of Darling Ingredients shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.2% of shares of all “Food Processing” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

Darling Ingredients has a beta of 1.57, meaning that its share price is 57% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Darling Ingredients’ competitors have a beta of 0.72, meaning that their average share price is 28% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Darling Ingredients and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Darling Ingredients 0 1 4 0 2.80
Darling Ingredients Competitors 271 1514 1867 53 2.46

Darling Ingredients currently has a consensus target price of $18.40, indicating a potential upside of 4.84%. As a group, “Food Processing” companies have a potential downside of 3.49%. Given Darling Ingredients’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Darling Ingredients is more favorable than its competitors.

Profitability

This table compares Darling Ingredients and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Darling Ingredients 2.39% 3.99% 1.77%
Darling Ingredients Competitors 4.09% 11.30% 4.72%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Darling Ingredients and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Darling Ingredients $3.52 billion $428.51 million 34.41
Darling Ingredients Competitors $8.38 billion $1.05 billion 22.43

Darling Ingredients’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Darling Ingredients. Darling Ingredients 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.

Summary

Darling Ingredients competitors beat Darling Ingredients on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

Darling Ingredients Company Profile

Darling Ingredients Inc. (Darling) is a developer and producer of sustainable natural ingredients from edible and inedible bio-nutrients, creating a range of ingredients and customized specialty solutions for customers in the pharmaceutical, food, pet food, feed, industrial, fuel, bioenergy and fertilizer industries. The Company operates through three segments: Feed Ingredients, Food Ingredients and Fuel Ingredients. The Company collects and transforms all aspects of animal by-product streams into useable and specialty ingredients, such as gelatin, edible fats, feed-grade fats, animal proteins and meals, plasma, pet food ingredients, organic fertilizers, yellow grease, fuel feedstocks, green energy, natural casings and hides. In addition, the Company provides grease trap services to food service establishments, environmental services to food processors and sells restaurant cooking oil delivery and collection equipment.

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