Coca-Cola European Partners PLC (NYSE: CCE) and Barfresh Food Group (OTCMKTS:BRFH) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

29.7% of Coca-Cola European Partners PLC shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.0% of Barfresh Food Group shares are held by institutional investors. 3.0% of Coca-Cola European Partners PLC shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 37.2% of Barfresh Food Group shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Coca-Cola European Partners PLC and Barfresh Food Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Coca-Cola European Partners PLC 1 7 4 0 2.25
Barfresh Food Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

Coca-Cola European Partners PLC currently has a consensus price target of $44.57, indicating a potential upside of 7.45%. Given Coca-Cola European Partners PLC’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Coca-Cola European Partners PLC is more favorable than Barfresh Food Group.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Coca-Cola European Partners PLC and Barfresh Food Group’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Coca-Cola European Partners PLC $13.19 billion 1.52 $2.13 billion $1.77 23.44
Barfresh Food Group $1.56 million 41.63 -$9.23 million ($0.09) -6.10

Coca-Cola European Partners PLC has higher revenue and earnings than Barfresh Food Group. Barfresh Food Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Coca-Cola European Partners PLC, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Coca-Cola European Partners PLC pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. Barfresh Food Group does not pay a dividend. Coca-Cola European Partners PLC pays out 56.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Coca-Cola European Partners PLC has raised its dividend for 8 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Coca-Cola European Partners PLC and Barfresh Food Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Coca-Cola European Partners PLC 6.93% 15.52% 5.44%
Barfresh Food Group -606.78% -124.87% -108.03%

Risk and Volatility

Coca-Cola European Partners PLC has a beta of 0.96, indicating that its stock price is 4% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Barfresh Food Group has a beta of 0.82, indicating that its stock price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Coca-Cola European Partners PLC beats Barfresh Food Group on 12 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Coca-Cola European Partners PLC

Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc. (CCE) markets, produces and distributes nonalcoholic beverages. The Company serves customers across Belgium, continental France, Great Britain, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden. The Company’s segments include Europe and Corporate. CCE is The Coca-Cola Company’s strategic bottling partner in Western Europe. The Company has bottling rights within its territories for various beverage brands, including products with the name Coca-Cola. The Company offers beverages, such as Coca-Cola trademark beverages, allied beverages, still beverages and certain other beverages specific to the European market. In Great Britain, the Company distributes Schweppes, Dr Pepper, Oasis and Schweppes Abbey Well. The Company distributes Capri-Sun beverages in France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. The Company also produces and distributes Capri-Sun beverages in Great Britain. The Company distributes Monster-branded beverages.

About Barfresh Food Group

Barfresh Food Group, Inc. is a manufacturer and distributor of ready to blend frozen beverages. The Company’s portfolio of products includes smoothies, shakes and frappes. All of the Company’s products are portion controlled beverage ingredient packs, suitable for smoothies, shakes and frappes that can also be utilized for cocktails and mocktails. The beverage packs contain all of the solid ingredients necessary to make the beverage, including the base (either sorbet, frozen yogurt or ice cream), real fruit pieces, juices and ice-five ounces of water are added before blending. As of December 31, 2015, the Company’s portfolio of products are available in nine flavors, including chocolate shake, strawberry smoothie, vanilla shake, mango burst smoothie, mocha frappe, mango smoothie, strawberry banana smoothie, caramel macchiato frappe and caribbean smoothie. The Company utilizes contract manufacturers to manufacture all of the products in the United States.

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