Reviewing Intrepid Potash (IPI) & The Competition

Intrepid Potash (NYSE: IPI) is one of 28 publicly-traded companies in the “Agricultural Chemicals” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Intrepid Potash to related businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, risk and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares Intrepid Potash and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Intrepid Potash -30.56% -12.37% -8.86%
Intrepid Potash Competitors -534.25% -14.65% -9.36%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Intrepid Potash and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Intrepid Potash $133.60 million -$86,000.00 -5.79
Intrepid Potash Competitors $3.75 billion $756.62 million 15.01

Intrepid Potash’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Intrepid Potash. Intrepid Potash 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.

Risk & Volatility

Intrepid Potash has a beta of 1.14, suggesting that its share price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Intrepid Potash’s peers have a beta of 0.95, suggesting that their average share price is 5% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Intrepid Potash and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Intrepid Potash 0 1 0 0 2.00
Intrepid Potash Competitors 178 729 886 31 2.42

Intrepid Potash presently has a consensus price target of $3.00, indicating a potential downside of 23.86%. As a group, “Agricultural Chemicals” companies have a potential upside of 1.60%. Given Intrepid Potash’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Intrepid Potash has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

47.3% of Intrepid Potash shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 49.0% of shares of all “Agricultural Chemicals” companies are owned by institutional investors. 27.3% of Intrepid Potash shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 16.0% of shares of all “Agricultural Chemicals” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Intrepid Potash peers beat Intrepid Potash on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

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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