Campbell Soup (NYSE: CPB) and Inventure Foods (NASDAQ:SNAK) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, risk, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Dividends

Campbell Soup pays an annual dividend of $1.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.0%. Inventure Foods does not pay a dividend. Campbell Soup pays out 48.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Campbell Soup and Inventure Foods, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Campbell Soup 4 7 0 0 1.64
Inventure Foods 0 2 0 0 2.00

Campbell Soup presently has a consensus target price of $51.40, suggesting a potential upside of 8.39%. Inventure Foods has a consensus target price of $8.00, suggesting a potential upside of 101.51%. Given Inventure Foods’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Inventure Foods is more favorable than Campbell Soup.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

45.2% of Campbell Soup shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 71.0% of Inventure Foods shares are owned by institutional investors. 37.2% of Campbell Soup shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 6.4% of Inventure Foods shares are owned by 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.

Risk & Volatility

Campbell Soup has a beta of 0.38, suggesting that its share price is 62% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Inventure Foods has a beta of 0.92, suggesting that its share price is 8% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Campbell Soup and Inventure Foods’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Campbell Soup $7.89 billion 1.81 $887.00 million $2.89 16.41
Inventure Foods $269.01 million 0.29 -$30.24 million ($3.39) -1.17

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

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Campbell Soup 11.24% 59.84% 12.07%
Inventure Foods -34.84% -78.14% -7.19%

Summary

Campbell Soup beats Inventure Foods on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Campbell Soup

Campbell Soup Company is a food company, which manufactures and markets food products. The Company’s segments include Americas Simple Meals and Beverages; Global Biscuits and Snacks, and Campbell Fresh. The Americas Simple Meals and Beverages segment includes the retail and food service channel businesses. The segment includes the products, such as Campbell’s condensed and ready-to-serve soups; Swanson broth and stocks; Prego pasta sauces; Pace Mexican sauces; Campbell’s gravies, pasta, beans and dinner sauces; Plum food and snacks; V8 juices and beverages, and Campbell’s tomato juice. The Global Biscuits and Snacks segment includes Pepperidge Farm cookies, crackers, bakery and frozen products; Arnott’s biscuits, and Kelsen cookies. The Campbell Fresh segment includes Bolthouse Farms fresh carrots, carrot ingredients, refrigerated beverages and refrigerated salad dressings; Garden Fresh Gourmet salsa, hummus, dips and tortilla chips, and the United States refrigerated soup business.

About Inventure Foods

Inventure Foods, Inc. is a marketer and manufacturer of healthy/natural and indulgent specialty snack food brands. The Company operates in the snack products segment. 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 Snack Products segment’s brands include Boulder Canyon, Nathan’s Famous, T.G.I. Friday’s, Poore Brothers, and Bob’s Texas Style.

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