FMC (FMC) vs. Its Peers Financial Analysis

FMC (NYSE: FMC) is one of 24 publicly-traded companies in the “Chemicals & allied products” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare FMC to related companies based on the strength of its dividends, profitability, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Dividends

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FMC pays an annual dividend of $0.66 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. FMC pays out 24.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Chemicals & allied products” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.7% and pay out 30.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. FMC has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Risk and Volatility

FMC has a beta of 1.63, indicating that its share price is 63% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, FMC’s peers have a beta of 1.08, indicating that their average share price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares FMC and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
FMC 18.61% 16.82% 5.40%
FMC Competitors -126.34% 22.82% 5.01%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for FMC and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
FMC 0 5 13 0 2.72
FMC Competitors 105 464 676 25 2.49

FMC currently has a consensus price target of $98.22, suggesting a potential upside of 25.72%. As a group, “Chemicals & allied products” companies have a potential upside of 18.61%. Given FMC’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe FMC is more favorable than its peers.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares FMC and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
FMC $2.88 billion $535.80 million 28.83
FMC Competitors $7.08 billion $553.10 million 23.75

FMC’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than FMC. FMC 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.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

90.5% of FMC shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 76.8% of shares of all “Chemicals & allied products” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.2% of FMC shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.9% of shares of all “Chemicals & allied products” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

FMC beats its peers on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

About FMC

FMC Corporation is a diversified chemical company serving agricultural, consumer and industrial markets. The Company operates in three business segments: FMC Agricultural Solutions, FMC Health and Nutrition, and FMC Lithium. As of December 31, 2016, the FMC Agricultural Solutions segment developed, marketed and sold three classes of crop protection chemicals: insecticides, herbicides and fungicides. The Company’s FMC Agricultural Solutions segment operates in the agrochemicals industry. This segment develops, manufactures and sells a portfolio of professional pest control, and lawn and garden products. The FMC Health and Nutrition segment focuses on nutritional ingredients, health excipients and functional health ingredients. The Company’s FMC Health and Nutrition segment focuses on food ingredients, pharmaceutical excipients and omega-3 oils. The Company’s FMC Lithium segment manufactures lithium for use in a range of lithium products.

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