Mondelez International (NYSE: KFT) and Central Garden & Pet (NASDAQ:CENT) are both non-cyclical consumer goods & services companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, dividends and risk.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

20.2% of Central Garden & Pet shares are held by institutional investors. 11.6% of Central Garden & Pet shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Mondelez International and Central Garden & Pet’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Mondelez International N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Central Garden & Pet $1.98 billion 0.97 $202.40 million $1.33 27.79

Central Garden & Pet has higher revenue and earnings than Mondelez International.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Mondelez International and Central Garden & Pet, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Mondelez International 0 0 0 0 N/A
Central Garden & Pet 0 2 3 0 2.60

Central Garden & Pet has a consensus price target of $38.33, suggesting a potential upside of 3.72%. Given Central Garden & Pet’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Central Garden & Pet is more favorable than Mondelez International.

Profitability

This table compares Mondelez International and Central Garden & Pet’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Mondelez International 7.23% 7.78% 2.78%
Central Garden & Pet 3.49% 13.66% 6.13%

Summary

Central Garden & Pet beats Mondelez International on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Mondelez International

Mondelez International, Inc. is a snack company. The Company manufactures and markets snack food and beverage products for consumers. It operates through four segments: Latin America, Asia, Middle East, and Africa (AMEA), Europe and North America. As of December 31, 2016, its brands spanned five product categories: Biscuits (including cookies, crackers and salted snacks); Chocolate; Gum and candy; Beverages (including coffee and powdered beverages), and Cheese and grocery. Itsportfolio includes various snack brands, including Nabisco, Oreo, LU and belVita biscuits; Cadbury, Milka, Cadbury Dairy Milk and Toblerone chocolate; Trident gum; Halls candy, and Tang powdered beverages. The Company sells its products to supermarket chains, wholesalers, supercenters, club stores, mass merchandisers, distributors, convenience stores, gasoline stations, drug stores, value stores and retail food outlets. As of December 31, 2016, it sold its products to consumers in approximately 165 countries.

About Central Garden & Pet

Central Garden & Pet Company is a marketer and producer of branded products and distributor of third party products in the pet and lawn and garden supplies industries in the United States. The Company operates in two segments: Pet segment and the Garden segment. It is a marketer and producer of pet supplies in the United States. In addition, its Pet segment operates sales and logistics networks in the industry strategically supporting its brands. Its principal pet supplies categories are dog and cat, aquatics, bird and small animal, wild bird feed and animal health products. The Company markets and produces various brands, including Pennington, The Rebels, AMDRO, Lilly Miller, Ironite, Sevin, and Over-N-Out. Its Garden segment operates a sales and logistics network that strategically supports its brands. The Company’s principal lawn and garden product lines include grass seed, wild bird feed and insect control products.

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