The Middleby Corporation (NASDAQ: MIDD) and Jarden Corp (NYSE:JAH) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability and earnings.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

95.0% of The Middleby Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 2.0% of The Middleby Corporation shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for The Middleby Corporation and Jarden Corp, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
The Middleby Corporation 0 4 5 0 2.56
Jarden Corp 0 0 0 0 N/A

The Middleby Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $136.63, indicating a potential upside of 22.85%. Given The Middleby Corporation’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe The Middleby Corporation is more favorable than Jarden Corp.

Profitability

This table compares The Middleby Corporation and Jarden Corp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
The Middleby Corporation 13.22% 23.28% 10.17%
Jarden Corp -0.16% -0.43% -0.12%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares The Middleby Corporation and Jarden Corp’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
The Middleby Corporation $2.27 billion 2.74 $284.21 million $5.31 20.94
Jarden Corp N/A N/A N/A $0.70 84.24

The Middleby Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Jarden Corp. The Middleby Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Jarden Corp, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

The Middleby Corporation beats Jarden Corp on 9 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About The Middleby Corporation

The Middleby Corporation is engaged in the design, manufacture and sale of commercial foodservice, food processing equipment and residential kitchen equipment. The Company operates in three segments: the Commercial Foodservice Equipment Group, the Food Processing Equipment Group and the Residential Kitchen Equipment Group. It is also engaged in the design, manufacture, marketing, distribution and service of a range of foodservice equipment used in commercial restaurants and institutional kitchens; food preparation, cooking, baking, chilling and packaging equipment for food processing operations, and kitchen equipment, including ranges, ovens, refrigerators, ventilation and dishwashers used in the residential market. It manufactured and assembled the equipment at 28 facilities in the United States, and 23 international manufacturing facilities as of December 31, 2016. Its brands include Anets, Beech, Blodgett, Blodgett Combi, Stewart Systems, Mercury, Rangemaster, Rayburn and Redfyre.

About Jarden Corp

Jarden Corporation (Jarden) is a consumer products company. The Company operates in three primary business segments: Branded Consumables, Consumer Solutions and Outdoor Solutions. The Branded Consumables segment manufactures or sources, markets and distributes branded consumer products. The Consumer Solutions segment manufactures or sources, markets, and distributes household products. The Outdoor Solutions segment manufactures or sources, markets and distributes consumer active lifestyle products. The Company distributes its products through club stores; craft stores; direct-to-consumer channels, consisting of company Websites, department stores, drugstores, grocery retailers, home improvement stores, mass merchandisers and online; specialty retailers, and wholesalers, as well as Yankee Candle retail stores. The Company manufactures products at facilities in China, Europe, Latin America and North America, as well as through third-party sourcing, primarily in Asia.

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