CF Industries (CF) vs. The Competition Head to Head Contrast

CF Industries (NYSE: CF) is one of 20 publicly-traded companies in the “AGRIBUSINESS” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare CF Industries to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation and risk.

Volatility & Risk

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CF Industries has a beta of 1.01, indicating that its share price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CF Industries’ competitors have a beta of 0.70, indicating that their average share price is 30% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

CF Industries pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.2%. CF Industries pays out 78.9% 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, “AGRIBUSINESS” companies pay a dividend yield of 3.2% and pay out 78.5% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares CF Industries and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CF Industries 8.67% -0.92% -0.40%
CF Industries Competitors -17.86% 0.84% 0.72%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares CF Industries and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
CF Industries $4.13 billion $358.00 million 24.57
CF Industries Competitors $8.40 billion $354.07 million 8.40

CF Industries’ competitors have higher revenue, but lower earnings than CF Industries. CF Industries 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.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

48.4% of shares of all “AGRIBUSINESS” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of CF Industries shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 15.5% of shares of all “AGRIBUSINESS” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for CF Industries and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CF Industries 3 9 2 0 1.93
CF Industries Competitors 221 731 765 49 2.36

CF Industries currently has a consensus target price of $37.50, indicating a potential upside of 0.40%. As a group, “AGRIBUSINESS” companies have a potential upside of 8.68%. Given CF Industries’ competitors stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe CF Industries has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Summary

CF Industries competitors beat CF Industries on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

CF Industries Company Profile

CF Industries Holdings, Inc. manufactures and distributes nitrogen fertilizer, and other nitrogen products. The Company’s nitrogen fertilizer products are ammonia, granular urea, urea ammonium nitrate solution (UAN) and ammonium nitrate (AN). Its other nitrogen products include diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), urea liquor, nitric acid and aqua ammonia, which are sold primarily to the Company’s industrial customers, and compound fertilizer products (nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium or NPKs). The Company’s segments include ammonia, granular urea, UAN, AN and other. The Company’s ammonia segment produces anhydrous ammonia (ammonia), which is concentrated nitrogen fertilizer as it contains 82% nitrogen. The granular urea segment produces granular urea, which contains 46% nitrogen. The UAN segment produces urea ammonium nitrate solution. The Other segment includes DEF, urea liquor, nitric acid and NPKs. The Company’s primary nitrogen fertilizer products are ammonia, granular urea, UAN and AN.

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