Head to Head Contrast: Nutrien (NTR) and Its Rivals

Nutrien (NYSE: NTR) is one of 22 publicly-traded companies in the “Agricultural chemicals” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Nutrien to similar companies based on the strength of its valuation, profitability, risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings and dividends.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

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37.4% of shares of all “Agricultural chemicals” companies are held by institutional investors. 3.1% of Nutrien shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 13.8% of shares of all “Agricultural chemicals” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Nutrien and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Nutrien 1 6 10 1 2.61
Nutrien Competitors 173 578 648 38 2.38

Nutrien presently has a consensus price target of $58.14, suggesting a potential upside of 24.21%. As a group, “Agricultural chemicals” companies have a potential upside of 12.46%. Given Nutrien’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Nutrien is more favorable than its peers.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Nutrien 7.19% 1.33% 0.65%
Nutrien Competitors -1,647.77% -12.02% -10.38%

Risk and Volatility

Nutrien has a beta of 0.48, suggesting that its stock price is 52% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Nutrien’s peers have a beta of 0.51, suggesting that their average stock price is 49% less volatile than the S&P 500.


Nutrien pays an annual dividend of $1.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.4%. Nutrien pays out 126.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Agricultural chemicals” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.1% and pay out 63.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Nutrien and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Nutrien $4.55 billion $327.00 million 36.86
Nutrien Competitors $3.12 billion $272.01 million 0.40

Nutrien has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Nutrien 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.


Nutrien beats its peers on 11 of the 15 factors compared.

About Nutrien

Nutrien Ltd. produces and distributes potash, nitrogen, and phosphate products for agricultural, industrial, and feed customers worldwide. It offers potash crop feed, fertilizer, industrial, metal finishing, and purified acid products, as well as blends. The company is also involved in the retail operations that serve growers in seven countries across three continents. Its retail network provides a range of products and services, including micronutrient products, nutritionals, and biologicals; seed solutions; crop protection products and advisory services; application services for the nutrients and crop protection products; and financial credit services. Nutrien Ltd. was founded in 1953 and is headquartered in Saskatoon, Canada.

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