Darling Ingredients (NYSE: DAR) is one of 54 public companies in the “Food Processing” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Darling Ingredients to related companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Darling Ingredients and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Darling Ingredients 0 1 4 0 2.80
Darling Ingredients Competitors 285 1614 1946 53 2.45

Darling Ingredients presently has a consensus price target of $19.40, indicating a potential upside of 10.23%. As a group, “Food Processing” companies have a potential downside of 3.70%. Given Darling Ingredients’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Darling Ingredients is more favorable than its competitors.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

95.6% of Darling Ingredients shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.4% of shares of all “Food Processing” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.0% of Darling Ingredients shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.7% of shares of all “Food Processing” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Darling Ingredients and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Darling Ingredients $3.40 billion $102.31 million 34.51
Darling Ingredients Competitors $10.84 billion $602.95 million 346.32

Darling Ingredients’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Darling Ingredients. Darling Ingredients is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Darling Ingredients and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Darling Ingredients 2.39% 3.99% 1.77%
Darling Ingredients Competitors 4.03% 11.25% 4.57%

Risk & Volatility

Darling Ingredients has a beta of 1.54, indicating that its stock price is 54% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Darling Ingredients’ competitors have a beta of 0.71, indicating that their average stock price is 29% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Darling Ingredients competitors beat Darling Ingredients on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

Darling Ingredients Company Profile

Darling Ingredients Inc. (Darling) is a developer and producer of sustainable natural ingredients from edible and inedible bio-nutrients, creating a range of ingredients and customized specialty solutions for customers in the pharmaceutical, food, pet food, feed, industrial, fuel, bioenergy and fertilizer industries. The Company operates through three segments: Feed Ingredients, Food Ingredients and Fuel Ingredients. The Company collects and transforms all aspects of animal by-product streams into useable and specialty ingredients, such as gelatin, edible fats, feed-grade fats, animal proteins and meals, plasma, pet food ingredients, organic fertilizers, yellow grease, fuel feedstocks, green energy, natural casings and hides. In addition, the Company provides grease trap services to food service establishments, environmental services to food processors and sells restaurant cooking oil delivery and collection equipment.

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