WhiteWave Foods (NYSE: WWAV) and Inventure Foods (NASDAQ:SNAK) are both non-cyclical consumer goods & services companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations and risk.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

80.6% of WhiteWave Foods shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 71.7% of Inventure Foods shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.2% of WhiteWave Foods shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 6.4% of Inventure Foods shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares WhiteWave Foods and Inventure Foods’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
WhiteWave Foods 6.21% 17.51% 5.92%
Inventure Foods -19.06% -38.89% -5.30%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares WhiteWave Foods and Inventure Foods’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
WhiteWave Foods N/A N/A N/A $1.11 50.67
Inventure Foods $255.01 million 0.36 $3.31 million ($2.24) -2.08

Inventure Foods has higher revenue and earnings than WhiteWave Foods. Inventure Foods is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than WhiteWave Foods, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for WhiteWave Foods and Inventure Foods, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
WhiteWave Foods 0 2 0 0 2.00
Inventure Foods 0 1 0 0 2.00

WhiteWave Foods presently has a consensus price target of $56.13, suggesting a potential downside of 0.20%. Inventure Foods has a consensus price target of $8.00, suggesting a potential upside of 71.67%. Given Inventure Foods’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Inventure Foods is more favorable than WhiteWave Foods.

Volatility & Risk

WhiteWave Foods has a beta of 1.46, meaning that its stock price is 46% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Inventure Foods has a beta of 0.82, meaning that its stock price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

WhiteWave Foods beats Inventure Foods on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

WhiteWave Foods Company Profile

The WhiteWave Foods Company is a consumer packaged food and beverage company. The Company manufactures, markets, distributes and sells branded plant-based foods and beverages, coffee creamers and beverages, dairy products and organic produce. It operates through two segments: Americas Foods & Beverages and Europe Foods & Beverages. The Americas Foods & Beverages segment includes plant-based foods and beverages, including its Silk and So Delicious branded beverages, such as soymilk, almondmilk, coconutmilk and cashewmilk, ice cream and frozen products, and plant-based yogurts, and Vega plant-based products. The Europe Foods & Beverages segment includes plant-based foods and beverages, such as its Alpro and Provamel brand beverages using soy, almond, coconut, hazelnut, rice and oat and other plant-based ingredients, and plant-based alternatives to yogurt, culinary creams, desserts and margarine. It sells products primarily in North America, Europe and through a joint venture in China.

Inventure Foods Company Profile

Inventure Foods, Inc. is a marketer and manufacturer of healthy/natural and indulgent specialty snack food brands. The Company operates in two segments: frozen products and snack products. The frozen products segment produces frozen fruits, vegetables, beverages and frozen desserts for sale primarily to groceries, club stores and mass merchandisers. The snack products segment produces potato chips, kettle chips, potato crisps, potato skins, pellet snacks, sheeted dough products and extruded products for sale primarily to snack food distributors and retailers. The products sold under its snack products segment includes products considered part of the indulgent specialty snack food category, as well as products considered part of the healthy/natural food category. Its Frozen Products segment’s brands include Rader Farms and Jamba. Its Snack Products segment’s brands include Boulder Canyon, Nathan’s Famous, T.G.I. Friday’s, Poore Brothers, Bob’s Texas Style and Vidalia.

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