Darling Ingredients (NYSE: DAR) is one of 36 public companies in the “Food Processing” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Darling Ingredients to related companies based on the strength of its dividends, earnings, profitability, risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Volatility & Risk

Darling Ingredients has a beta of 1.54, indicating that its stock price is 54% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Darling Ingredients’ rivals have a beta of 0.70, indicating that their average stock price is 30% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Darling Ingredients and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Darling Ingredients 0 1 4 0 2.80
Darling Ingredients Competitors 282 1590 1858 49 2.44

Darling Ingredients presently has a consensus target price of $19.40, indicating a potential upside of 18.51%. As a group, “Food Processing” companies have a potential upside of 0.01%. Given Darling Ingredients’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Darling Ingredients is more favorable than its rivals.

Profitability

This table compares Darling Ingredients and its rivals’ 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 5.33% 20.37% 5.66%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

96.0% of Darling Ingredients shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.4% of shares of all “Food Processing” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.0% of Darling Ingredients shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 7.0% of shares of all “Food Processing” companies are held 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.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Darling Ingredients and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Darling Ingredients $3.40 billion $102.31 million 41.97
Darling Ingredients Competitors $13.13 billion $731.75 million 506.75

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

Summary

Darling Ingredients rivals beat Darling Ingredients on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

About Darling Ingredients

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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