Darling Ingredients (NYSE: DAR) is one of 53 public companies in the “Food Processing” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Darling Ingredients to related companies based on the strength of its earnings, valuation, profitability, risk, dividends, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Risk and Volatility

Darling Ingredients has a beta of 1.54, meaning that its stock price is 54% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Darling Ingredients’ rivals have a beta of 0.72, meaning that their average stock price is 28% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

95.7% of Darling Ingredients shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.3% of shares of all “Food Processing” companies are owned by institutional investors. 2.0% of Darling Ingredients shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 12.2% of shares of all “Food Processing” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Darling Ingredients and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Darling Ingredients $3.40 billion $102.31 million 34.29
Darling Ingredients Competitors $10.84 billion $602.95 million 96.52

Darling Ingredients’ rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Darling Ingredients. Darling Ingredients is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Darling Ingredients and its rivals’ 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 4.03% 11.23% 4.57%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings for Darling Ingredients and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Darling Ingredients 0 1 4 0 2.80
Darling Ingredients Competitors 281 1577 1916 53 2.45

Darling Ingredients presently has a consensus target price of $19.00, indicating a potential upside of 8.63%. As a group, “Food Processing” companies have a potential downside of 5.20%. Given Darling Ingredients’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Darling Ingredients is more favorable than its rivals.

Summary

Darling Ingredients rivals beat Darling Ingredients on 8 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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