Energizer Holdings (NYSE: EPC) and Procter & Gamble Company (The) (NYSE:PG) are both mid-cap consumer staples companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends and earnings.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Energizer Holdings and Procter & Gamble Company (The)’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Energizer Holdings $2.34 billion 1.77 $455.30 million $3.55 20.42
Procter & Gamble Company (The) $65.06 billion 3.58 $17.51 billion $5.59 16.36

Procter & Gamble Company (The) has higher revenue and earnings than Energizer Holdings. Procter & Gamble Company (The) is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Energizer Holdings, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Energizer Holdings and Procter & Gamble Company (The)’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Energizer Holdings 8.80% 12.71% 5.12%
Procter & Gamble Company (The) 23.56% 19.97% 8.86%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Energizer Holdings and Procter & Gamble Company (The), as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Energizer Holdings 0 3 3 0 2.50
Procter & Gamble Company (The) 2 8 7 0 2.29

Energizer Holdings presently has a consensus target price of $86.83, suggesting a potential upside of 19.77%. Procter & Gamble Company (The) has a consensus target price of $87.93, suggesting a potential downside of 3.86%. Given Energizer Holdings’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Energizer Holdings is more favorable than Procter & Gamble Company (The).

Volatility & Risk

Energizer Holdings has a beta of 0.94, suggesting that its share price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Procter & Gamble Company (The) has a beta of 0.67, suggesting that its share price is 33% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

89.3% of Energizer Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 59.3% of Procter & Gamble Company (The) shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.6% of Energizer Holdings shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.4% of Procter & Gamble Company (The) shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Procter & Gamble Company (The) pays an annual dividend of $2.76 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.0%. Energizer Holdings does not pay a dividend. Procter & Gamble Company (The) pays out 49.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Procter & Gamble Company (The) has increased its dividend for 60 consecutive years.

Summary

Procter & Gamble Company (The) beats Energizer Holdings on 11 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Energizer Holdings Company Profile

Edgewell Personal Care Company is a manufacturer and marketer of personal care products in the wet shave, sun and skin care, feminine care and infant care categories. As of September 30, 2016, the Company had a portfolio of over 25 brands. It manages its business in four segments: Wet Shave, Sun and Skin Care, Feminine Care and All Other. Its Wet shave products are sold under the Schick, Wilkinson Sword, Edge, Skintimate, Shave Guard and Personna brand names. Its Sun and Skin Care products are sold under the Banana Boat, Hawaiian Tropic, Wet Ones and Playtex brand names and offers Wet Ones, portable hand wipes category, and Playtex household gloves, the branded household glove in the United States. Its Feminine Care segment markets its products under the Playtex, Stayfree, Carefree and o.b. brands and markets pads and liners. Its All Other segment includes infant care, pet care and miscellaneous other products.

Procter & Gamble Company (The) Company Profile

The Procter & Gamble Company is focused on providing branded consumer packaged goods to the consumers across the world. The Company operates through five segments: Beauty; Grooming; Health Care; Fabric & Home Care, and Baby, Feminine & Family Care. The Company sells its products in approximately 180 countries and territories primarily through mass merchandisers, grocery stores, membership club stores, drug stores, department stores, distributors, baby stores, specialty beauty stores, e-commerce, high-frequency stores and pharmacies. It offers products under the brands, such as Olay, Old Spice, Safeguard, Head & Shoulders, Pantene, Rejoice, Mach3, Prestobarba, Venus, Cascade, Dawn, Febreze, Mr. Clean, Bounty and Charmin.

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