Contrasting of Compass Minerals International Inc. (CMP) and Alexco Resource Corp. (NYSEAMERICAN:AXU)


Both Compass Minerals International Inc. (NYSE:CMP) and Alexco Resource Corp. (NYSEAMERICAN:AXU) are each other’s competitor in the Industrial Metals & Minerals industry. Thus the compare of their institutional ownership, profitability, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings and valuation.

Valuation and Earnings

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Compass Minerals International Inc. 54 1.23 N/A 2.07 26.94
Alexco Resource Corp. 1 0.00 N/A -0.03 0.00

In table 1 we can see Compass Minerals International Inc. and Alexco Resource Corp.’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.


Table 2 hightlights the return on assets, return on equity and net margins of the two companies.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Compass Minerals International Inc. 0.00% 11.7% 2.7%
Alexco Resource Corp. 0.00% 0% 0%

Risk & Volatility

Compass Minerals International Inc. is 33.00% more volatile than Standard and Poor’s 500 because the stock has a beta of 1.33. From a competition point of view, Alexco Resource Corp. has a 0.26 beta which is 74.00% less volatile compared to Standard and Poor’s 500.


The Current Ratio and a Quick Ratio of Compass Minerals International Inc. are 2.2 and 1.4. Competitively, Alexco Resource Corp. has 1.9 and 1.7 for Current and Quick Ratio. Compass Minerals International Inc.’s better ability to pay short and long-term obligations than Alexco Resource Corp.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

The shares of both Compass Minerals International Inc. and Alexco Resource Corp. are owned by institutional investors at 96.4% and 34% respectively. Insiders held roughly 0.6% of Compass Minerals International Inc.’s shares. Comparatively, Alexco Resource Corp. has 7.2% of it’s share held by insiders.


Here are the Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly, Half Yearly, Yearly and YTD Performance of both pretenders.

Performance (W) Performance (M) Performance (Q) Performance (HY) Performance (Y) Performance (YTD)
Compass Minerals International Inc. -2.53% -0.45% 0.69% 6.4% -17.56% 33.96%
Alexco Resource Corp. -5.56% 53.15% 68.32% 58.88% 41.68% 80.87%

For the past year Compass Minerals International Inc.’s stock price has smaller growth than Alexco Resource Corp.


Compass Minerals International Inc. beats on 7 of the 8 factors Alexco Resource Corp.

Compass Minerals International, Inc., produces and sells salt, and specialty plant nutrition and chemical products in the United States, Canada, Brazil, the United Kingdom, and internationally. It operates in 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, and brine and flake magnesium chloride products; and purchases potassium chloride and calcium chloride to sell as finished products or to blend with salt to produce specialty products. This segment provides products for use as a deicer for highway, consumer, and professional use; as an ingredient in chemical production; for water treatment, human, and animal nutrition; and for various other consumer and industrial uses, as well as provides records management services. The Plant Nutrition North America segment offers sulfate of potash specialty fertilizers in 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 blends used on golf greens; and organic products for various applications under the Protassium+ brand, as well as micronutrient products for commodity row crops under the Wolf Trax brand. This segment provides its products to distributors and retailers of crop inputs, as well as growers. The Plant Nutrition South America segment offers various specialty plant nutrients and supplements; water and wastewater treatment chemicals for cleaning, decontaminating, and purifying water; and process chemicals for industrial use, as well as value-added services. The company was formerly known as Salt Holdings Corporation and changed its name to Compass Minerals International, Inc. in November 2003. Compass Minerals International, Inc. was incorporated in 1993 and is based in Overland Park, Kansas.

Alexco Resource Corp. engages in the mineral exploration, and mine development and operation activities in Canada. The company explores for silver, lead, and zinc deposits. It owns 100% interests in the Keno Hill Silver District project comprising the Bellekeno, Flame & Moth, Lucky, Queen, Onek, and Bermingham deposits, as well as 703 surveyed quartz mining leases and 866 unsurveyed quartz mining claims, and 2 crown grants covering an area of 237.44 square kilometers located in Yukon Territory. The company also provides mine and industrial site related environmental services, including management of the regulatory and environmental permitting process, environmental assessments, and reclamation and closure planning in Canada, the United States, and internationally. Alexco Resource Corp. was incorporated in 2004 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.

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