Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (POT) and Ciner Resources (CINR) Critical Contrast

Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (NYSE: POT) and Ciner Resources (NYSE:CINR) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership and valuation.

Dividends

Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Ciner Resources pays an annual dividend of $2.27 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.0%. Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan pays out 75.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Ciner Resources pays out 119.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Volatility and Risk

Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan has a beta of 0.46, suggesting that its stock price is 54% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ciner Resources has a beta of 0.99, suggesting that its stock price is 1% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan and Ciner Resources, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan 1 4 6 0 2.45
Ciner Resources 0 1 2 0 2.67

Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan currently has a consensus target price of $19.22, suggesting a potential downside of 0.97%. Ciner Resources has a consensus target price of $25.00, suggesting a potential downside of 1.03%. Given Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan is more favorable than Ciner Resources.

Profitability

This table compares Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan and Ciner Resources’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan 10.21% 5.01% 2.43%
Ciner Resources 7.77% 15.13% 8.95%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

57.7% of Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 9.9% of Ciner Resources shares are held by institutional investors. 3.1% of Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan and Ciner Resources’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan $4.46 billion 3.66 $323.00 million $0.53 36.62
Ciner Resources $475.20 million 1.05 $41.40 million $1.90 13.29

Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan has higher revenue and earnings than Ciner Resources. Ciner Resources is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan beats Ciner Resources on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Company Profile

Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. (PCS) is a fertilizer producer producing a range of primary crop nutrients, such as potash, nitrogen and phosphate. The Company operates through three segments: potash, nitrogen and phosphate. As of December 31, 2016, it owned and operated five potash operations in Saskatchewan and owned one in New Brunswick. Its nitrogen operations involve the production of nitrogen fertilizers and nitrogen feed and industrial products, including ammonia, urea, nitrogen solutions, ammonium nitrate and nitric acid. It has nitrogen facilities in Georgia, Louisiana, Ohio and Trinidad. Its phosphate operations include the manufacture and sale of solid and liquid phosphate fertilizers, phosphate feed and industrial acid, which is used in food products and industrial processes. It has phosphate mines and mineral processing plant complexes in Florida and North Carolina. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had four phosphate feed plants in the United States.

Ciner Resources Company Profile

Ciner Resources LP, through its subsidiary, Ciner Wyoming LLC (Ciner Wyoming), produces soda ash and serves a global market from its facility in the Green River Basin of Wyoming. The Company processes trona ore into soda ash, a raw material in flat glass, container glass, detergents, chemicals, paper and other consumer and industrial products. As of December 31, 2016, its Green River Basin surface operations were situated on approximately 880 acres in Wyoming, and the Company’s mining operations included approximately 23,500 acres of leased and licensed subsurface mining area. The Company’s mining leases and license are located in two mining beds, designated by the United States Geological Survey as beds 24 and 25, at depths of 800 to 1100 feet, respectively, below the surface. The Company uses a continuous mining technique to mine trona and roof bolt the ceiling simultaneously. The Company’s soda ash is shipped by rail or truck from its Green River Basin operations.

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