Analysis by Compass Minerals International (NYSE: CMP) and 5E Advanced Materials (NASDAQ: FEAM)

Compass Minerals International (NYSE: CMPGet a rating) and 5E Advanced Materials (NASDAQ: FEAMGet a rating) are both small-cap commodity companies, but which is the superior business? We’ll compare the two companies based on their dividend strength, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, institutional ownership and earnings.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

95.0% of the shares of Compass Minerals International are held by institutional investors. 1.1% of the shares of Compass Minerals International are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large fund managers, and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Notes

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Compass Minerals International and 5E Advanced Materials, as provided by

Sales Ratings Hold odds Buy reviews Strong buy odds Rating
Compass Minerals International 1 2 3 0 2.33
5E Advanced Materials 0 0 2 0 3.00

Compass Minerals International currently has a consensus price target of $58.83, indicating a potential upside of 82.26%. 5E Advanced Materials has a consensus price target of $36.00, indicating a potential upside of 151.05%. Given the higher consensus rating of 5E Advanced Materials and the higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe that 5E Advanced Materials is more favorable than Compass Minerals International.


This table compares the net margins, return on equity and return on assets of Compass Minerals International and 5E Advanced Materials.

Net margins Return on equity return on assets
Compass Minerals International -0.72% 1.42% 0.20%
5E Advanced Materials N / A N / A N / A

Valuation and benefits

This table compares the revenue, earnings per share (EPS), and valuation of Compass Minerals International and 5E Advanced Materials.

Gross revenue Price/sales ratio Net revenue Earnings per share Price/earnings ratio
Compass Minerals International $1.37 billion 0.80 -2.10 million dollars ($0.31) -104.13
5E Advanced Materials N / A N / A N / A N / A N / A

5E Advanced Materials has lower revenues but higher profits than Compass Minerals International.


Compass Minerals International beats 5E Advanced Materials on 6 out of 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Compass Minerals International Company Profile (Get a rating)

Compass Minerals International, Inc. produces and sells essential minerals primarily in the United States, Canada, Brazil, United Kingdom and overseas. It operates through 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, as well as brine and flake magnesium chloride products; and purchases potassium chloride and calcium chloride to sell as finished products or to mix with salt to produce specialty products. This segment provides products for use as deicer for pavements, consumers and professionals; as an ingredient in chemical production; for water treatment, human and animal food; and for various other consumer and industrial uses, as well as document management services. The Plant Nutrition North America segment offers specialty potassium sulfate fertilizers of 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 mixtures used on golf course greens; organic products under the Protassium+ brand; and micronutrient products under Wolf Trax and other brands. This segment supplies its products to agricultural input distributors and retailers, as well as growers. The Plant Nutrition South America segment offers various specialized 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.

5E Advanced Materials Company Profile (Get a rating)

5E Advanced Materials Inc. is engaged in the exploration and development of mineral properties in Australia and the United States. The company mainly explores borate and lithium deposits. It focuses on the Fort Cady project located in Southern California. The company was previously known as American Pacific Borates Limited. 5E Advanced Materials Inc. was incorporated in 2016 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

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