Critical Survey: Intrepid Potash (IPI) & Its Peers

Intrepid Potash (NYSE: IPI) is one of 28 publicly-traded companies in the “Agricultural Chemicals” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Intrepid Potash to similar businesses based on the strength of its risk, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

47.3% of Intrepid Potash shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 49.0% of shares of all “Agricultural Chemicals” companies are owned by institutional investors. 27.3% of Intrepid Potash shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 16.0% of shares of all “Agricultural Chemicals” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Intrepid Potash and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Intrepid Potash -30.56% -12.37% -8.86%
Intrepid Potash Competitors -534.55% -17.04% -9.80%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Intrepid Potash and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Intrepid Potash 0 1 0 0 2.00
Intrepid Potash Competitors 178 731 886 31 2.42

Intrepid Potash presently has a consensus target price of $3.00, indicating a potential downside of 26.11%. As a group, “Agricultural Chemicals” companies have a potential downside of 0.23%. Given Intrepid Potash’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Intrepid Potash has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Risk & Volatility

Intrepid Potash has a beta of 1.13, suggesting that its share price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Intrepid Potash’s rivals have a beta of 0.95, suggesting that their average share price is 5% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Intrepid Potash and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Intrepid Potash $133.60 million -$86,000.00 -5.97
Intrepid Potash Competitors $3.75 billion $756.62 million 15.33

Intrepid Potash’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Intrepid Potash. Intrepid Potash 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.

Summary

Intrepid Potash rivals beat Intrepid Potash on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

About Intrepid Potash

Intrepid Potash, Inc. is a producer of muriate of potash (potassium chloride or potash) and langbeinite (sulfate of potash magnesia) in the United States, which it markets and sells as Trio. The Company operates in the extraction, production and sale of potassium-related products. Its products are potash and Trio. It sells potash into three markets, including the agricultural market as a fertilizer input; the industrial market as a component in drilling and fracturing fluids for oil and gas wells and an input to other industrial processes, and the animal feed market as a nutrient supplement. Trio, which it mines from langbeinite ore, is its specialty fertilizer that delivers potassium, sulfate and magnesium in a single particle and has low chloride. The Company also produces salt, magnesium chloride, metal recovery salts and brine containing salt and potassium from its mining processes. It produces potash from three solar evaporation solution mining facilities.

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