Financial Review: Deere & Company (DE) & Its Rivals

Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) is one of 99 publicly-traded companies in the “MACHINERY” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Deere & Company to related businesses based on the strength of its risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, valuation, profitability and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

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This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Deere & Company and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Deere & Company 1 6 12 0 2.58
Deere & Company Competitors 583 2996 2919 84 2.38

Deere & Company presently has a consensus target price of $171.04, suggesting a potential upside of 15.57%. As a group, “MACHINERY” companies have a potential upside of 10.93%. Given Deere & Company’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Deere & Company is more favorable than its peers.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Deere & Company and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Deere & Company $29.74 billion $2.16 billion 33.87
Deere & Company Competitors $3.86 billion $259.43 million 2.77

Deere & Company has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Deere & Company is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

67.3% of Deere & Company shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.2% of shares of all “MACHINERY” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.7% of Deere & Company shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 9.0% of shares of all “MACHINERY” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

Deere & Company has a beta of 0.76, suggesting that its share price is 24% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Deere & Company’s peers have a beta of 1.73, suggesting that their average share price is 73% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Deere & Company and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Deere & Company 4.57% 27.18% 3.76%
Deere & Company Competitors 3.79% 14.12% 4.38%

Dividends

Deere & Company pays an annual dividend of $2.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. Deere & Company pays out 54.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “MACHINERY” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.3% and pay out 35.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Deere & Company beats its peers on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

About Deere & Company

Deere & Company is engaged in equipment operations. The Company is engaged in providing financial services. The Company operates through three business segments: agriculture and turf, construction and forestry, and financial services. The agriculture and turf segment manufactures and distributes a line of agriculture and turf equipment and related service parts. The construction and forestry segment provides a line of construction equipment, and forestry machines and attachments available in the world. The construction and forestry segment is also engaged in providing fleet management telematics solutions. The financial services segment primarily finances sales and leases by the Company dealers of new and used agriculture and turf equipment and construction and forestry equipment. The financial services segment also provides wholesale financing to dealers of the foregoing equipment, finances retail revolving charge accounts and offers extended equipment warranties.

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