FMC (FMC) vs. Its Rivals Financial Contrast

FMC (NYSE: FMC) is one of 24 publicly-traded companies in the “Chemicals & allied products” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare FMC to similar companies based on the strength of its valuation, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

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90.5% of FMC shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 76.3% of shares of all “Chemicals & allied products” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.2% of FMC shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 5.3% of shares of all “Chemicals & allied products” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

FMC pays an annual dividend of $0.66 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. FMC pays out 24.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Chemicals & allied products” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.6% and pay out 30.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. FMC has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
FMC 18.61% 16.82% 5.40%
FMC Competitors -119.34% 22.18% 4.99%

Risk and Volatility

FMC has a beta of 1.63, meaning that its share price is 63% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, FMC’s peers have a beta of 1.07, meaning that their average share price is 7% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for FMC and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
FMC 0 4 14 0 2.78
FMC Competitors 101 466 685 26 2.50

FMC currently has a consensus price target of $97.89, suggesting a potential upside of 20.11%. As a group, “Chemicals & allied products” companies have a potential upside of 10.62%. Given FMC’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe FMC is more favorable than its peers.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares FMC and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
FMC $2.88 billion $535.80 million 30.07
FMC Competitors $7.12 billion $610.16 million 25.06

FMC’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than FMC. FMC is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Summary

FMC beats its peers on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

FMC Company Profile

FMC Corporation, a diversified chemical company, provides solutions, applications, and products for the agricultural, consumer, and industrial markets worldwide. The company operates in two segments, FMC Agricultural Solutions and FMC Lithium. The FMC Agricultural Solutions segment develops, manufactures, markets, and sells crop protection chemicals, including insecticides, herbicides, and fungicides that are used in agriculture to enhance crop yield and quality by controlling a range of insects, weeds, and diseases, as well as in non-agricultural markets for pest control. The FMC Lithium segment manufactures lithium for use in batteries, polymers, pharmaceuticals, greases and lubricants, glass and ceramics, and other industrial uses. FMC Corporation was founded in 1883 and is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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