Compass Minerals International, Inc. (CMP): Why Did Analysts Set a Moderate Buy Rating For This Potash Stock?

We recently compiled a list of the 10 Best Potash Stocks to Buy. In this article, we are going to take a look at where Compass Minerals International, Inc. (NYSE:CMP) stands against the other potash stocks.

Global Potash Market: Rising Demand, Key Players, and Future Growth Projections

Potash encompasses various minerals rich in potassium, primarily potassium chloride (muriate of potash), which dominates the global market. Other compounds like sulfate of potash make up the remainder of the market. As the world's population is expected to reach over 9.7 billion by 2050, the need for potash-based fertilizers will only continue to rise.

The agricultural sector uses more than 95% of the world's potash production, with the remainder going toward commercial and industrial goods like detergents. The US Geological Survey states that historically, a third of the world's potash supply has come from Russia and Belarus combined.

In addition to phosphate and nitrogen, potash is necessary for crop health and is vital for plant growth. However, intensive farming depletes potash reserves, making synthetic fertilizers necessary. Potash prices skyrocketed as a result of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, reaching a high of over $1200 per metric ton in April 2022 before falling to $328 per metric ton, which is still more than pre-Covid levels. As a result, nations like the US, Brazil, and Morocco have looked for substitute suppliers to lessen their dependency on Belarus and Russia. Grants have also been issued by the US to increase regional fertilizer production. You can also see our post on the top fertilizer stocks to purchase based on hedge funds' 10 Best Fertilizer Stocks to Buy According to Hedge Funds for further information.

The global potash market was valued at USD 57.74 billion in 2022 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.9% from 2023 to 2032, reaching USD 93.50 billion by 2032. The potassium chloride product segment dominated the market with a revenue share of 52.7% in 2022, driven by the surge in agricultural activities. The top 15 national fertilizer markets consume 78% of global potash, while 133 countries consume only 5%. Major players in the potash market include JSC Belaruskali, Compass Minerals, Mosaic Company, Uralkali, and Rio Tinto.

Our Methodology 

To rank the 10 best potash stocks, we first conducted sampling, and gathered potash stocks from relevant ETFs. We the narrowed down further based on high upside potential, strong buy analyst recommendations, and large market capitalizations. From this list, we then ranked the top 10 potash stocks according to the number of hedge fund holders in Q1 2024.

Why are we interested in the stocks that hedge funds pile into? The reason is simple: our research has shown that we can outperform the market by imitating the top stock picks of the best hedge funds. Our quarterly newsletter's strategy selects 14 small-cap and large-cap stocks every quarter and has returned 275% since May 2014, beating its benchmark by 150 percentage points (see more details here).

A close up of an essential mineral being extracted from a large rock wall.

Compass Minerals International, Inc. (NYSE:CMP)

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 25 

Global provider of vital minerals, Compass Minerals International, Inc. (NYSE:CMP) was founded in 1844 and has its headquarters located in Overland Park, Kansas. Its two primary business sectors are Plant Nutrition, which sells sulfate of potassium (SOP) products for use as agricultural inputs, and Salt, which makes deicing salt for highways.

Compass Minerals International, Inc. (NYSE:CMP) holds a portfolio of cost-advantaged assets, including the Ontario rock salt mine and brine operations at the Great Salt Lake in Utah, which can provide a competitive edge. Compass Minerals International has received a Moderate Buy rating from 4 Wall Street analysts based on recent forecasts. The average price target is $17.00, with a range from $13.00 to $23.00. This average implies a potential 60.53% increase from the current price of $10.59. In Q1 2024, there were 25 hedge fund holders in the company, up from 14 in the previous quarter. Select Equity Group held the largest position in the company with 2,944,721 shares worth $46,349,909, comprising 0.16% of the fund’s total portfolio.

Overall CMP ranks 6th on our list of the best potash stocks to buy. You can visit 10 Best Potash Stocks to Buy to see the other potash stocks that are on hedge funds’ radar. While we acknowledge the potential of CMP as an investment, our conviction lies in the belief that AI stocks hold greater promise for delivering higher returns, and doing so within a shorter timeframe. If you are looking for an AI stock that is more promising than CMP but that trades at less than 5 times its earnings, check out our report about the cheapest AI stock.


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Disclosure: None. This article is originally published at Insider Monkey.

Matt Earle

Matthew Earle is the Founder of MiningFeeds. In 2005, Matt founded to provide data and information to the mining investment community. This site was merged with Highgrade Review to form MiningFeeds. Matt has a B.Sc. degree with a minor in geology from the University of Toronto.

By Matt Earle

Matthew Earle is the Founder of MiningFeeds. In 2005, Matt founded to provide data and information to the mining investment community. This site was merged with Highgrade Review to form MiningFeeds. Matt has a B.Sc. degree with a minor in geology from the University of Toronto.

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