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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

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

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Darling Ingredients and its rivals top-line 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.

Risk and Volatility

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices 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 price target of $19.00, suggesting 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, analysts clearly believe Darling Ingredients is more favorable than its rivals.

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%

Summary

Darling Ingredients rivals beat Darling Ingredients on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

About Darling Ingredients

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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