Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (The) (NYSE: SMG) is one of 27 publicly-traded companies in the “Agricultural Chemicals” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (The) to related businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, earnings, valuation and profitability.

Volatility and Risk

Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (The) has a beta of 0.39, indicating that its share price is 61% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (The)’s competitors have a beta of 0.94, indicating that their average share price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (The) and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (The) $2.93 billion $517.80 million 25.44
Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (The) Competitors $3.75 billion $757.56 million 14.76

Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (The)’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (The). Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (The) is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (The) and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (The) 7.85% 36.28% 7.67%
Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (The) Competitors -398.76% -15.17% -9.33%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

69.0% of Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (The) shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 47.5% of shares of all “Agricultural Chemicals” companies are held by institutional investors. 28.2% of Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (The) shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 22.4% of shares of all “Agricultural Chemicals” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (The) and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (The) 0 2 2 0 2.50
Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (The) Competitors 214 818 910 34 2.39

Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (The) presently has a consensus price target of $100.00, suggesting a potential upside of 3.18%. As a group, “Agricultural Chemicals” companies have a potential downside of 0.25%. Given Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (The)’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (The) is more favorable than its competitors.

Dividends

Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (The) pays an annual dividend of $2.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (The) pays out 55.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Agricultural Chemicals” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.9% and pay out 73.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (The) has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Summary

Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (The) beats its competitors on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

About Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (The)

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (Scotts Miracle-Gro) is a manufacturer and marketer of branded consumer lawn and garden products. The Company’s segments include Global Consumer. In North America, its brands include Scotts and Turf Builder lawn and grass seed products; Miracle-Gro, Nature’s Care, Scotts, LiquaFeed and Osmocote gardening and landscape products; and Ortho, Roundup, Home Defense and Tomcat branded insect control, weed control and rodent control products. In the United Kingdom, its brands include Miracle-Gro plant fertilizers; Roundup, Weedol and Pathclear herbicides; EverGreen lawn fertilizers, and Levington gardening and landscape products.

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