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Is this Large Market Cap Stock target price reasonable for Compass Minerals International Inc. (NYSE:CMP)?

The company in question is, Compass Minerals International Inc. (NYSE:CMP) currently with a stock price of 71.3 (0.13% today). The market cap for Compass Minerals International Inc. is 2454.61, and is in the sector Basic Materials, and Industrial Metals & Minerals industry. The target price for Compass Minerals International Inc. is 72.14. Currently Compass Minerals International Inc. is trading with a P/E of 17.07, and a forward P/E of 19.6. Average volume for Compass Minerals International Inc. is 365.98 and so far today it is 102058.

Performance in the last year for Compass Minerals International Inc. has been -12.52%. For EPS growth, Compass Minerals International Inc. has seen a growth of -27.10%, and is looking to grow in the next year to 30.63%. More long term stats show that EPS growth has been 0.80% over the last five years and could be 2.47% for the next five years. Compass Minerals International Inc. has seen sales growth quarter over quarter at -7.70%, with EPS growth quarter over quarter at -51.70%. The 20-day simple moving average is -1.65%, with the 200-day simple moving average coming to -1.29%.

Since the IPO date for Compass Minerals International Inc. on the 12/12/2003, Compass Minerals International Inc. has seen performance year to date to be -2.65%. With Compass Minerals International Inc. trading at 71.3, the dividend yield is 3.90%, and the EPS is 4.17.

So could Compass Minerals International Inc., be undervalued? Well as said before P/E is 17.07. The PEG is 6.91, P/S is 2.37 and the P/B is at 3.51. The P/cash is 26.48, with P/free cash flow at *TBA.

Compass Minerals International Inc. ability to deal with debt shows that the current ratio is 3.4, and the quick ratio is 1.5. This is with long term debt/equity at 1.09, and total debt/equity at 1.1.

In terms of margins, Compass Minerals International Inc. has a gross margin of 29.90%, an operating margin of 19.50% and a profit margin of 13.60%.Payout ratio for Compass Minerals International Inc. is 64.90%. Return on assets come to 8.70% with return on investment coming to 12.20%.

Insider ownership for Compass Minerals International Inc., is at 0.30% and institutional ownership comes to 94.60%. Outstanding shares are at 34.47. While shares float is 33.48. The float short is currently 17.49%, and short ratio is 16.

Disclaimer: Remember there is a risk to your investment, this is not a recommendation, nor personal advice, never invest more than you are able too loose.

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