Darling Ingredients (NYSE: DAR) and Kraft Foods Group (NASDAQ:KRFT) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Darling Ingredients and Kraft Foods Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Darling Ingredients 0 0 5 0 3.00
Kraft Foods Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

Darling Ingredients currently has a consensus target price of $18.60, indicating a potential upside of 3.45%. Given Darling Ingredients’ higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Darling Ingredients is more favorable than Kraft Foods Group.

Profitability

This table compares Darling Ingredients and Kraft Foods Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Darling Ingredients 2.39% 3.99% 1.77%
Kraft Foods Group 9.86% 38.66% 7.47%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Darling Ingredients and Kraft Foods Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Darling Ingredients $3.52 billion 0.84 $428.51 million $0.51 35.26
Kraft Foods Group N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Darling Ingredients has higher revenue and earnings than Kraft Foods Group.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

95.4% of Darling Ingredients shares are held by institutional investors. 2.0% of Darling Ingredients shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Darling Ingredients beats Kraft Foods Group on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Darling Ingredients Company Profile

Darling Ingredients Inc. (Darling) is a developer and producer of sustainable natural ingredients from edible and inedible bio-nutrients, creating a range of ingredients and customized specialty solutions for customers in the pharmaceutical, food, pet food, feed, industrial, fuel, bioenergy and fertilizer industries. The Company operates through three segments: Feed Ingredients, Food Ingredients and Fuel Ingredients. The Company collects and transforms all aspects of animal by-product streams into useable and specialty ingredients, such as gelatin, edible fats, feed-grade fats, animal proteins and meals, plasma, pet food ingredients, organic fertilizers, yellow grease, fuel feedstocks, green energy, natural casings and hides. In addition, the Company provides grease trap services to food service establishments, environmental services to food processors and sells restaurant cooking oil delivery and collection equipment.

Kraft Foods Group Company Profile

Kraft Foods Group, Inc. is a consumer packaged food and beverage company. The Company manufactures and markets food and beverage products, including cheese, meats, refreshment beverages, coffee, packaged dinners, refrigerated meals, snack nuts, dressings, and other grocery products, primarily in the United States and Canada. Its product categories span breakfast, lunch and dinner meal occasions. The Company operates in six segments: Cheese, Refrigerated Meals, Beverages, Meals & Desserts, Enhancers & Snack Nuts and Canada. Its brand portfolio consists of various food brands in North America, including Kraft cheeses, dinners and dressings; Oscar Mayer meats; Philadelphia cream cheese, and over 25 other brands. The Company operates around 36 manufacturing and processing facilities, 34 in the United States and two in Canada. It sells products to supermarket chains, wholesalers, supercenters, club stores, distributors and convenience stores, among others.

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