Syngenta AG (NYSE: SYT) and Intrepid Potash (NYSE:IPI) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability and earnings.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

0.2% of Syngenta AG shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 47.4% of Intrepid Potash shares are held by institutional investors. 27.3% of Intrepid Potash shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Syngenta AG and Intrepid Potash, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Syngenta AG 0 1 0 1 3.00
Intrepid Potash 0 1 0 0 2.00

Syngenta AG currently has a consensus target price of $91.00, suggesting a potential downside of 1.39%. Intrepid Potash has a consensus target price of $4.00, suggesting a potential upside of 0.50%. Given Intrepid Potash’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Intrepid Potash is more favorable than Syngenta AG.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Syngenta AG and Intrepid Potash’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Syngenta AG $12.79 billion 3.34 $1.18 billion N/A N/A
Intrepid Potash $210.95 million 2.47 -$66.63 million ($0.46) -8.65

Syngenta AG has higher revenue and earnings than Intrepid Potash.

Profitability

This table compares Syngenta AG and Intrepid Potash’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Syngenta AG N/A N/A N/A
Intrepid Potash -22.88% -8.09% -6.10%

Volatility and Risk

Syngenta AG has a beta of 0.99, suggesting that its stock price is 1% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Intrepid Potash has a beta of 1.15, suggesting that its stock price is 15% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Syngenta AG beats Intrepid Potash on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Syngenta AG

Syngenta AG (Syngenta) is an agribusiness company. The Company operates in the crop protection and seeds business, which is involved in the discovery, development, manufacture and marketing of a range of products designed to improve crop yields and food quality, and in the lawn and garden business, which provides professional growers and consumers with flowers, turf and landscape, and professional pest management products. It operates in four geographic regions: Europe, Africa and Middle East; North America; Latin America, and Asia Pacific. It also operates the Crop Protection and Seeds businesses, and the global Lawn and Garden business. Syngenta has a range of selective herbicides that control grasses and broad-leaved weeds and are applicable to various crops. Syngenta has a range of Fungicides that prevent and cure fungal plant diseases. In addition, Syngenta has a range of biologicals into its portfolio in various countries, including the brands QUANTIS, ISABION and SAKALIA.

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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