Darling Ingredients (NYSE: DAR) is one of 44 public companies in the “Food Processing” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Darling Ingredients to related businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, risk, profitability, dividends and institutional ownership.

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 1.76% 2.96% 1.32%
Darling Ingredients Competitors 2.64% -18.41% 2.35%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings 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 286 1627 1956 53 2.45

Darling Ingredients currently has a consensus target price of $19.40, indicating a potential upside of 16.73%. As a group, “Food Processing” companies have a potential upside of 0.16%. Given Darling Ingredients’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Darling Ingredients is more favorable than its competitors.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Darling Ingredients and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Darling Ingredients $3.40 billion $102.31 million 42.62
Darling Ingredients Competitors $10.40 billion $574.35 million 404.47

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.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

98.5% of Darling Ingredients shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.2% of shares of all “Food Processing” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.0% of Darling Ingredients shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 11.2% of shares of all “Food Processing” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

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 0.68, indicating that their average stock price is 32% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Darling Ingredients competitors beat Darling Ingredients on 7 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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