Darling Ingredients (NYSE: DAR) is one of 43 publicly-traded companies in the “Food Processing” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Darling Ingredients to similar companies based on the strength of its dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, earnings and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Darling Ingredients and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Darling Ingredients 0 1 4 0 2.80
Darling Ingredients Competitors 287 1627 1957 53 2.45

Darling Ingredients presently has a consensus price target of $19.40, indicating a potential upside of 16.73%. As a group, “Food Processing” companies have a potential upside of 0.12%. Given Darling Ingredients’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Darling Ingredients is more favorable than its peers.

Volatility & Risk

Darling Ingredients has a beta of 1.54, suggesting that its share price is 54% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Darling Ingredients’ peers have a beta of 0.68, suggesting that their average share price is 32% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Darling Ingredients and its peers’ 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%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

98.5% of Darling Ingredients shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.2% of shares of all “Food Processing” companies are owned by institutional investors. 2.0% of Darling Ingredients shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 11.2% of shares of all “Food Processing” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Darling Ingredients and its peers gross 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 404.73

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

Summary

Darling Ingredients peers 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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