Comparing Israel Chemicals Shs (ICL) & Compass Minerals International (CMP)

Israel Chemicals Shs (NYSE: ICL) and Compass Minerals International (NYSE:CMP) are both mid-cap basic materials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares Israel Chemicals Shs and Compass Minerals International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Israel Chemicals Shs -3.43% 13.55% 4.20%
Compass Minerals International 9.83% 10.01% 3.06%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Israel Chemicals Shs and Compass Minerals International’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Israel Chemicals Shs $5.34 billion 1.02 $924.80 million ($0.15) -28.46
Compass Minerals International $1.24 billion 1.90 $248.20 million $3.58 19.47

Israel Chemicals Shs has higher revenue and earnings than Compass Minerals International. Israel Chemicals Shs is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Compass Minerals International, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

5.9% of Israel Chemicals Shs shares are held by institutional investors. 0.8% of Compass Minerals International shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Israel Chemicals Shs and Compass Minerals International, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Israel Chemicals Shs 0 2 0 0 2.00
Compass Minerals International 0 3 0 0 2.00

Israel Chemicals Shs currently has a consensus price target of $4.88, indicating a potential upside of 14.17%. Compass Minerals International has a consensus price target of $67.00, indicating a potential downside of 3.87%. Given Israel Chemicals Shs’ higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Israel Chemicals Shs is more favorable than Compass Minerals International.

Dividends

Israel Chemicals Shs pays an annual dividend of $0.10 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. Compass Minerals International pays an annual dividend of $2.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.1%. Israel Chemicals Shs pays out -66.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Compass Minerals International pays out 80.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Compass Minerals International has increased its dividend for 13 consecutive years. Compass Minerals International is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Volatility & Risk

Israel Chemicals Shs has a beta of 1.21, meaning that its stock price is 21% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Compass Minerals International has a beta of 0.46, meaning that its stock price is 54% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Israel Chemicals Shs beats Compass Minerals International on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Israel Chemicals Shs Company Profile

Israel Chemicals Ltd. operates as a specialty minerals company worldwide. The company operates through two segments, Essential Minerals and Specialty Solutions. The company extracts potash from the Dead Sea; mines and produces potash and salt from subterranean mines in Spain and the United Kingdom, as well as uses part of the potash to produce compound fertilizers; mines and processes phosphate rock in open mines; and produces sulfuric acid, agricultural phosphoric acid, phosphate fertilizers, compound fertilizers, liquid fertilizers, and soluble fertilizers. It also manufactures compound fertilizers in the Netherlands, Germany, and Belgium; liquid fertilizers and soluble fertilizers in Spain; slow release and controlled release fertilizers in the Netherlands and the United States; and phosphate-based food additives for livestock in Turkey and Israel. In addition, the company produces bromine out of a solution that is created as a by-product of the potash production process in Sodom, as well as bromine-based products; chlorine-based products in Israel and the United States; and flame retardants and phosphorus based products, as well as extracts salt, magnesia, and chlorine from Dead Sea brine. Further, it purchases clean phosphoric acid and manufactures thermal phosphoric acids, which are used to manufacture downstream products and phosphate salts that are used as a raw material for manufacturing, food additives, hygiene products and flame retardants, and fire extinguishment products. It also manufactures phosphorous derivatives based on phosphorous; specialty products based on aluminum acids; and other raw materials. The company sells its products through marketing companies, agents, and distributors. Israel Chemicals Ltd. was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Compass Minerals International Company Profile

Compass Minerals International, Inc. (CMI) is a provider of essential minerals that solve nature’s challenges, including salt for winter roadway safety and other consumer, industrial and agricultural uses; specialty plant nutrition minerals for the quality and yield of crops, and specialty chemicals for water treatment and other industrial processes. The Company has three segments: Salt, Plant Nutrition North America and Plant Nutrition South America. The Salt segment produces and markets salt and magnesium chloride for use in road deicing and dust control, food processing, water softeners, and agricultural and industrial applications. Its Plant Nutrition North America segment includes sales of sulfate of potash (SOP) specialty fertilizer and micronutrients. The Plant Nutrition South America segment operates two primary businesses in Brazil: agricultural productivity and chemical solutions.

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