Company name Darling International Inc.
Stock ticker DAR
Live stock price [stckqut]DAR[/stckqut]
P/E compared to competitors Good


Employee productivity Fair
Sales growth Good
EPS growth Good
P/E growth Good
EBIT growth Good


Confident Investor Rating Good
Target stock price (TWCA growth scenario) $29.59
Target stock price (averages with growth) $26.63
Target stock price (averages with no growth) $18.62
Target stock price (manual assumptions) $25.46

The following company description is from Google Finance:

Darling International Inc. (Darling) is a provider of rendering, cooking oil and bakery waste recycling and recovery solutions. It collects and recycles animal by-products, bakery residual and used cooking oil from poultry and meat processors, commercial bakeries, grocery stores, butcher shops, and food service establishments and provides grease trap cleaning services to many of the same establishments. It sells these products domestically and internationally, primarily to producers of animal feed, pet food, fertilizer, bio-fuels and other consumer and industrial ingredients, including oleo-chemicals, soaps and leather goods for use as ingredients in their products or for further processing. On June 8, 2012, it completed its acquisition of substantially all of the assets of RVO BioPur, LLC (BioPur). In September 2012, it purchased of a river terminal and storage facility located on the Mississippi River in Muscatine, Iowa from CK Processing Company and River Terminal Corporation.


Confident Investor comments: At this price and at this time, I think that a Confident Investor can confidently invest in this stock.

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