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Undervalued Compass Minerals Can Overcome Challenges

The wide-moat salt producer has seen operational hiccups and the departure of its CEO, but production is unaffected and we expect a rebound.

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Seth Goldstein: At Morningstar, we are always excited to highlight wide-moat, undervalued names, and Compass Minerals is one such opportunity.

Compass Minerals' wide moat comes from its low-cost salt production at the Goderich mine in Ontario. The mine's unique geology includes 100-foot thick seams, which are 3 to 4 times the size of most other salt mines. This allows Compass to mine its salt at a lower cost than its competitors, a dynamic that will persist many years into the future.

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