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

Profitability

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This table compares Hain Celestial Group and Campbell Soup’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hain Celestial Group 3.38% 8.35% 4.86%
Campbell Soup 13.41% 54.10% 11.72%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

91.3% of Hain Celestial Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 50.2% of Campbell Soup shares are held by institutional investors. 12.3% of Hain Celestial Group shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 37.2% of Campbell Soup 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.

Dividends

Campbell Soup pays an annual dividend of $1.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.3%. Hain Celestial Group does not pay a dividend. Campbell Soup pays out 46.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Campbell Soup has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Hain Celestial Group and Campbell Soup, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hain Celestial Group 2 10 3 0 2.07
Campbell Soup 6 4 2 0 1.67

Hain Celestial Group currently has a consensus price target of $40.00, indicating a potential upside of 25.43%. Campbell Soup has a consensus price target of $49.60, indicating a potential upside of 15.86%. Given Hain Celestial Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Hain Celestial Group is more favorable than Campbell Soup.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Hain Celestial Group and Campbell Soup’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Hain Celestial Group $2.85 billion 1.16 $67.42 million $1.22 26.14
Campbell Soup $7.89 billion 1.63 $887.00 million $3.04 14.08

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

Volatility and Risk

Hain Celestial Group has a beta of 1.13, suggesting that its stock price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Campbell Soup has a beta of 0.32, suggesting that its stock price is 68% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Campbell Soup beats Hain Celestial Group on 10 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Hain Celestial Group

The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. manufactures, markets, distributes, and sells organic and natural products. Its grocery products include infant formula; infant, toddler, and kids foods; diapers and wipes; rice and grain-based products; flour and baking mixes; breads, hot and cold cereals, pasta, condiments, cooking and culinary oils, granolas, and cereal bars; canned, chilled fresh, aseptic, and instant soups; Greek-style yogurts; chilies and packaged grains; chocolates; and nut butters, as well as plant-based beverages and frozen desserts, such as soy, rice, oat, almond, and coconut. The company's grocery products also comprise juices, hot-eating products, chilled and frozen desserts, cookies, crackers, frozen fruits and vegetables, pre-cut fresh fruits, refrigerated and frozen plant-based meat-alternative products, tofu, seitan and tempeh products, jams, fruit spreads, jellies, honey, marmalade products, and other food products. In addition, it provides snack products, such as potato, root vegetable, and other vegetable chips, as well as straws, tortilla chips, whole grain chips, pita chips, puffs, and popcorn; specialty teas, including herbal, green, black, wellness, rooibos, and chai tea lattes; personal care products consisting of skin, hair, and oral care products, as well as deodorants, baby care items, body washes, and sunscreens and lotions; and poultry and protein products, such as turkey and chicken products. The company sells its products through specialty and natural food distributors, supermarkets, natural food stores, mass-market and e-commerce retailers, food service channels and clubs, and drug and convenience stores in approximately 80 countries worldwide. The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Lake Success, New York.

About Campbell Soup

Campbell Soup Company, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets food and beverage products. It operates through three segments: Americas Simple Meals and Beverages; Global Biscuits and Snacks; and Campbell Fresh. The Americas Simple Meals and Beverages segment engages in the retail and food service of Campbell's condensed and ready-to-serve soups; Swanson broth and stocks; Prego pasta sauces; Pace Mexican sauces; Campbell's gravies, pastas, beans, and dinner sauces; Swanson canned poultry; Plum food and snacks; V8 juices and beverages; and Campbell's tomato juices. The Global Biscuits and Snacks segment provides Pepperidge Farm cookies, crackers, and bakery and frozen products in the United States retail; Arnott's biscuits in Australia and the Asia Pacific; and Kelsen cookies worldwide, as well as meals and shelf-stable beverages in Australia and the Asia Pacific. The Campbell Fresh segment offers Bolthouse Farms fresh carrots, carrot ingredients, refrigerated beverages, and refrigerated salad dressings; and Garden Fresh Gourmet salsa, hummus, dips, and tortilla chips, as well as refrigerated soups. The company sells its products through retail food chains, mass discounters, mass merchandisers, club stores, convenience stores, drug stores, and dollar stores, as well as other retail, commercial, and non-commercial establishments; and independent contractor distributors. Campbell Soup Company was founded in 1869 and is headquartered in Camden, New Jersey.

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