Syngenta AG (NYSE: SYT) and Israel Chemicals Shs (NYSE:ICL) are both mid-cap basic materials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk and valuation.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

0.6% of Syngenta AG shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 5.9% of Israel Chemicals Shs shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Syngenta AG and Israel Chemicals Shs’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Syngenta AG $12.62 billion 3.37 $2.54 billion N/A N/A
Israel Chemicals Shs $5.34 billion 1.03 $924.80 million ($0.15) -28.86

Syngenta AG has higher revenue and earnings than Israel Chemicals Shs.

Dividends

Israel Chemicals Shs pays an annual dividend of $0.10 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. Syngenta AG does not pay a dividend. Israel Chemicals Shs pays out -66.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Risk and Volatility

Syngenta AG has a beta of 0.98, meaning that its stock price is 2% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Israel Chemicals Shs has a beta of 1.21, meaning that its stock price is 21% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Syngenta AG and Israel Chemicals Shs, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Syngenta AG 0 1 1 1 3.00
Israel Chemicals Shs 0 2 0 0 2.00

Syngenta AG presently has a consensus target price of $91.00, indicating a potential downside of 1.25%. Israel Chemicals Shs has a consensus target price of $4.88, indicating a potential upside of 12.59%. Given Israel Chemicals Shs’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Israel Chemicals Shs is more favorable than Syngenta AG.

Profitability

This table compares Syngenta AG and Israel Chemicals Shs’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Syngenta AG N/A N/A N/A
Israel Chemicals Shs -3.43% 13.55% 4.20%

Syngenta AG Company Profile

Syngenta AG (Syngenta) is an agribusiness company. The Company operates in the crop protection and seeds business, which is involved in the discovery, development, manufacture and marketing of a range of products designed to improve crop yields and food quality, and in the lawn and garden business, which provides professional growers and consumers with flowers, turf and landscape, and professional pest management products. It operates in four geographic regions: Europe, Africa and Middle East; North America; Latin America, and Asia Pacific. It also operates the Crop Protection and Seeds businesses, and the global Lawn and Garden business. Syngenta has a range of selective herbicides that control grasses and broad-leaved weeds and are applicable to various crops. Syngenta has a range of Fungicides that prevent and cure fungal plant diseases. In addition, Syngenta has a range of biologicals into its portfolio in various countries, including the brands QUANTIS, ISABION and SAKALIA.

Israel Chemicals Shs Company Profile

Israel Chemicals Ltd. operates as a specialty minerals company worldwide. The company operates through two segments, Essential Minerals and Specialty Solutions. The company extracts potash from the Dead Sea; mines and produces potash and salt from subterranean mines in Spain and the United Kingdom, as well as uses part of the potash to produce compound fertilizers; mines and processes phosphate rock in open mines; and produces sulfuric acid, agricultural phosphoric acid, phosphate fertilizers, compound fertilizers, liquid fertilizers, and soluble fertilizers. It also manufactures compound fertilizers in the Netherlands, Germany, and Belgium; liquid fertilizers and soluble fertilizers in Spain; slow release and controlled release fertilizers in the Netherlands and the United States; and phosphate-based food additives for livestock in Turkey and Israel. In addition, the company produces bromine out of a solution that is created as a by-product of the potash production process in Sodom, as well as bromine-based products; chlorine-based products in Israel and the United States; and flame retardants and phosphorus based products, as well as extracts salt, magnesia, and chlorine from Dead Sea brine. Further, it purchases clean phosphoric acid and manufactures thermal phosphoric acids, which are used to manufacture downstream products and phosphate salts that are used as a raw material for manufacturing, food additives, hygiene products and flame retardants, and fire extinguishment products. It also manufactures phosphorous derivatives based on phosphorous; specialty products based on aluminum acids; and other raw materials. The company sells its products through marketing companies, agents, and distributors. Israel Chemicals Ltd. was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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