Comparing Compass Minerals International (CMP) and Its Competitors

Compass Minerals International (NYSE: CMP) is one of 27 publicly-traded companies in the “Agricultural Chemicals” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Compass Minerals International to similar businesses based on the strength of its earnings, risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends and valuation.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

47.5% of shares of all “Agricultural Chemicals” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.8% of Compass Minerals International shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 22.4% of shares of all “Agricultural Chemicals” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Compass Minerals International and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Compass Minerals International 9.83% 10.01% 3.06%
Compass Minerals International Competitors -398.76% -15.17% -9.33%

Volatility & Risk

Compass Minerals International has a beta of 0.46, meaning that its stock price is 54% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Compass Minerals International’s competitors have a beta of 0.94, meaning that their average stock price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Compass Minerals International pays an annual dividend of $2.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.1%. 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. As a group, “Agricultural Chemicals” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.8% and pay out 73.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Compass Minerals International has raised its dividend for 13 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Compass Minerals International and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Compass Minerals International 0 3 0 0 2.00
Compass Minerals International Competitors 214 818 909 34 2.39

Compass Minerals International currently has a consensus price target of $67.00, indicating a potential downside of 5.10%. As a group, “Agricultural Chemicals” companies have a potential downside of 0.42%. Given Compass Minerals International’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Compass Minerals International has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Compass Minerals International and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Compass Minerals International $1.24 billion $248.20 million 19.72
Compass Minerals International Competitors $3.75 billion $757.16 million 14.95

Compass Minerals International’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Compass Minerals International. Compass Minerals International 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

Compass Minerals International competitors beat Compass Minerals International on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

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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