Compass Minerals International (NYSE:CMP) and Canada Jetlines (OTCMKTS:JETMF) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, earnings, risk and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Compass Minerals International and Canada Jetlines, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Compass Minerals International 1 1 1 0 2.00
Canada Jetlines 0 0 0 0 N/A

Compass Minerals International presently has a consensus target price of $57.02, suggesting a potential upside of 2.30%. Given Compass Minerals International’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Compass Minerals International is more favorable than Canada Jetlines.

Profitability

This table compares Compass Minerals International and Canada Jetlines’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Compass Minerals International 4.61% 11.49% 2.80%
Canada Jetlines N/A N/A N/A

Institutional & Insider Ownership

94.8% of Compass Minerals International shares are held by institutional investors. 0.6% of Compass Minerals International shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Compass Minerals International and Canada Jetlines’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Compass Minerals International $1.49 billion 1.26 $68.80 million $1.93 28.88
Canada Jetlines N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Compass Minerals International has higher revenue and earnings than Canada Jetlines.

Risk and Volatility

Compass Minerals International has a beta of 1.35, meaning that its stock price is 35% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Canada Jetlines has a beta of 0.84, meaning that its stock price is 16% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Compass Minerals International pays an annual dividend of $2.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.2%. Canada Jetlines does not pay a dividend. Compass Minerals International pays out 149.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Summary

Compass Minerals International beats Canada Jetlines on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Compass Minerals International Company Profile

Compass Minerals International, Inc., produces and sells salt, and specialty plant nutrition and chemical products primarily in the United States, Canada, Brazil, and the United Kingdom. It operates through three segments: Salt, Plant Nutrition North America, and Plant Nutrition South America. The Salt segment offers sodium chloride and magnesium chloride, including rock salt, mechanically and solar evaporated salt, and brine and flake magnesium chloride products; and purchases potassium chloride and calcium chloride to sell as finished products or to blend with salt to produce specialty products. This segment provides products for use as a deicer for roadways, consumer, and professional use; as an ingredient in chemical production; for water treatment, human, and animal nutrition; and for various other consumer and industrial uses, as well as records management services. The Plant Nutrition North America segment offers sulfate of potash specialty fertilizers in various grades, including agricultural products used in broadcast spreaders, direct application, and liquid fertilizer solutions; turf products used by the turf and ornamental markets, as well as for blends used on golf course greens; organic products under the Protassium+ brand; and micronutrient products under the Wolf Trax brand, as well as specialty plant nutrition solution-based products and chemical solutions. This segment provides its products to distributors and retailers of crop inputs, as well as growers. The Plant Nutrition South America segment offers various specialty plant nutrients and supplements; water and wastewater treatment chemicals for cleaning, decontaminating, and purifying water; and process chemicals for industrial use. The company was formerly known as Salt Holdings Corporation and changed its name to Compass Minerals International, Inc. in December 2003. Compass Minerals International, Inc. was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas.

Canada Jetlines Company Profile

Canada Jetlines Ltd. operates as an ultra-low cost carrier scheduled airline. The company plans to operate flights across Canada; and provide non-stop services from Canada to the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean. It also provides services to passengers, such as in-flight food and baggage. The company is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.

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