Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL) and Smithfield Foods (NYSE:SFD) are both non-cyclical consumer goods & services companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and risk.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Hormel Foods Corporation and Smithfield Foods’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Hormel Foods Corporation $9.52 billion 1.85 $890.05 million $1.62 20.62
Smithfield Foods N/A N/A N/A ($4,198.95) N/A

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

Profitability

This table compares Hormel Foods Corporation and Smithfield Foods’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hormel Foods Corporation 9.38% 18.90% 13.62%
Smithfield Foods N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Hormel Foods Corporation and Smithfield Foods, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hormel Foods Corporation 1 5 4 0 2.30
Smithfield Foods 0 0 0 0 N/A

Hormel Foods Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $34.63, suggesting a potential upside of 3.67%.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

38.2% of Hormel Foods Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.5% of Hormel Foods Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Hormel Foods Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. Smithfield Foods does not pay a dividend. Hormel Foods Corporation pays out 42.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Hormel Foods Corporation has increased its dividend for 50 consecutive years.

Summary

Hormel Foods Corporation beats Smithfield Foods on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Hormel Foods Corporation

Hormel Foods Corporation is engaged in the production of a range of meat and food products. The Company operates through five segments: Grocery Products, which is engaged in the processing, marketing and sale of shelf-stable food products sold for the retail market; Refrigerated Foods, which consists of the processing, marketing and sale of branded and unbranded pork, beef, chicken and turkey products for retail, foodservice and fresh product customers; Jennie-O Turkey Store (JOTS), which consists of the processing, marketing and sale of branded and unbranded turkey products for retail, foodservice and fresh product customers; Specialty Foods, which consists of the packaging and sale of nutritional and private label shelf-stable products to industrial, retail and foodservice customers, and International & Other, which includes Hormel Foods International Corporation, which manufactures, markets and sells the Company products internationally.

About Smithfield Foods

Smithfield Foods, Inc. produces and markets a variety of fresh meat and packaged meats products both domestically and internationally. The Company operates in four segments: Pork, Hog Production, International and Corporate, each of which consists of a number of subsidiaries, joint ventures and other investments. The Pork segment consists mainly of its three wholly owned United States fresh pork and packaged meats subsidiaries: The Smithfield Packing Company, Inc. (Smithfield Packing), Farmland Foods, Inc. (Farmland Foods) and John Morrell Food Group (John Morrell). The Hog Production segment consists of the Company’s hog production operations located in the United States. On September 2012 (fiscal 2013), the Company acquired a 70% controlling interest in American Skin Food Group, LLC. Effective September 26, 2013, Shuanghui International Holdings Ltd merged with Smithfield Foods Inc, a producer and wholesaler of pork meat products.

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