Head-To-Head Review: Compass Minerals International (CMP) and Zenyatta Ventures (OTCMKTS:ZENYF)

Compass Minerals International (NYSE:CMP) and Zenyatta Ventures (OTCMKTS:ZENYF) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends and valuation.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Compass Minerals International 2.27% 12.50% 3.43%
Zenyatta Ventures N/A -5.74% -5.69%

Risk and Volatility

Compass Minerals International has a beta of 0.66, suggesting that its share price is 34% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Zenyatta Ventures has a beta of 0.09, suggesting that its share price is 91% 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 4.3%. Zenyatta Ventures does not pay a dividend. Compass Minerals International pays out 104.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Compass Minerals International has increased its dividend for 14 consecutive years.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

96.3% of Compass Minerals International shares are held by institutional investors. 0.9% of Compass Minerals International shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Compass Minerals International and Zenyatta Ventures’ 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 $1.36 billion 1.65 $42.70 million $2.75 24.15
Zenyatta Ventures N/A N/A -$1.22 million N/A N/A

Compass Minerals International has higher revenue and earnings than Zenyatta Ventures.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Compass Minerals International and Zenyatta Ventures, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Compass Minerals International 1 1 2 0 2.25
Zenyatta Ventures 0 0 0 0 N/A

Compass Minerals International presently has a consensus price target of $70.75, suggesting a potential upside of 6.55%. Given Compass Minerals International’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Compass Minerals International is more favorable than Zenyatta Ventures.

Summary

Compass Minerals International beats Zenyatta Ventures on 12 of the 13 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 in 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 provides 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.

Zenyatta Ventures Company Profile

Zenyatta Ventures Ltd. engages in the acquisition, exploration, and development of properties for the mining of precious and base metals in Canada. The company explores for graphite. It holds a 100% interest in the Albany property located in Northern Ontario, Canada. The company was incorporated in 2008 and is based in Thunder Bay, Canada.

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