Head-To-Head Comparison: CF Industries (CF) vs. Its Rivals

CF Industries (NYSE: CF) is one of 18 publicly-traded companies in the “Agricultural chemicals” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare CF Industries to related companies based on the strength of its risk, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends and profitability.


This table compares CF Industries and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CF Industries 8.67% -0.92% -0.40%
CF Industries Competitors -1,369.13% -22.62% -13.67%


CF Industries pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.2%. CF Industries pays out -480.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Agricultural chemicals” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.2% and pay out 63.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. CF Industries is clearly a better dividend stock than its peers, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for CF Industries and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CF Industries 3 10 2 0 1.93
CF Industries Competitors 162 555 629 38 2.39

CF Industries currently has a consensus target price of $37.54, suggesting a potential downside of 0.51%. As a group, “Agricultural chemicals” companies have a potential upside of 20.37%. Given CF Industries’ peers stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe CF Industries has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

38.0% of shares of all “Agricultural chemicals” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of CF Industries shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 13.7% of shares of all “Agricultural chemicals” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares CF Industries and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
CF Industries $4.13 billion $358.00 million -150.92
CF Industries Competitors $3.12 billion $271.83 million 0.22

CF Industries has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. CF Industries 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.

Volatility & Risk

CF Industries has a beta of 1.01, indicating that its stock price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CF Industries’ peers have a beta of 0.75, indicating that their average stock price is 25% less volatile than the S&P 500.


CF Industries beats its peers on 8 of the 14 factors compared.

About CF Industries

CF Industries Holdings, Inc. manufactures and distributes nitrogen fertilizers and other nitrogen products worldwide. The company operates through Ammonia, Granular Urea, UAN, AN, Other, and Phosphate segments. Its principal nitrogen fertilizer products include ammonia, granular urea, urea ammonium nitrate, and ammonium nitrate. The company also offers diesel exhaust fluid, urea liquor, nitric acid, and aqua ammonia, as well as compound fertilizer products with nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. It offers products primarily to cooperatives, independent fertilizer distributors, farmers, and industrial users. CF Industries Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1946 and is headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois.

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