Israel Chemicals Shs (ICL) vs. Its Peers Critical Survey

Israel Chemicals Shs (NYSE: ICL) is one of 29 publicly-traded companies in the “Agricultural Chemicals” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Israel Chemicals Shs to related businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, risk, profitability, dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

6.0% of Israel Chemicals Shs shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 47.4% of shares of all “Agricultural Chemicals” companies are held by institutional investors. 16.0% of shares of all “Agricultural Chemicals” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Israel Chemicals Shs and its rivals revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Israel Chemicals Shs $5.36 billion -$122.00 million -40.90
Israel Chemicals Shs Competitors $3.86 billion $330.02 million -16.67

Israel Chemicals Shs has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its rivals. Israel Chemicals Shs 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.

Volatility and Risk

Israel Chemicals Shs has a beta of 1.05, indicating that its stock price is 5% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Israel Chemicals Shs’ rivals have a beta of 0.87, indicating that their average stock price is 13% less volatile than the S&P 500.


Israel Chemicals Shs pays an annual dividend of $0.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.9%. Israel Chemicals Shs pays out -120.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Agricultural Chemicals” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.8% and pay out 74.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Israel Chemicals Shs is clearly a better dividend stock than its rivals, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Israel Chemicals Shs and its rivals, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Israel Chemicals Shs 0 2 0 0 2.00
Israel Chemicals Shs Competitors 179 738 898 32 2.42

Israel Chemicals Shs presently has a consensus target price of $4.88, suggesting a potential upside of 19.19%. As a group, “Agricultural Chemicals” companies have a potential upside of 3.58%. Given Israel Chemicals Shs’ higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Israel Chemicals Shs is more favorable than its rivals.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Israel Chemicals Shs 4.47% 13.20% 4.16%
Israel Chemicals Shs Competitors -1,012.86% 3.46% 3.31%


Israel Chemicals Shs beats its rivals on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

About Israel Chemicals Shs

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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