US Foods (NYSE:USFD) and Coffee (NASDAQ:JVA) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, risk and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares US Foods and Coffee’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
US Foods 2.33% 13.04% 4.19%
Coffee 1.13% 3.91% 2.52%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for US Foods and Coffee, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
US Foods 0 5 8 0 2.62
Coffee 0 0 1 0 3.00

US Foods currently has a consensus target price of $37.79, indicating a potential upside of 17.09%. Coffee has a consensus target price of $9.00, indicating a potential upside of 120.86%. Given Coffee’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Coffee is more favorable than US Foods.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

23.7% of Coffee shares are held by institutional investors. 0.6% of US Foods shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 12.0% of Coffee shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares US Foods and Coffee’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
US Foods $24.15 billion 0.29 $444.29 million $0.91 35.46
Coffee $77.13 million 0.30 $460,000.00 N/A N/A

US Foods has higher revenue and earnings than Coffee.

Risk and Volatility

US Foods has a beta of 0.36, meaning that its stock price is 64% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Coffee has a beta of 1.18, meaning that its stock price is 18% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

US Foods beats Coffee on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

US Foods Company Profile

US Foods Holding Corp., through its subsidiary, US Foods, Inc., markets and distributes fresh, frozen, and dry food and non-food products to foodservice customers in the United States. Its customers include independently owned single and multi-unit restaurants, regional concepts, national restaurant chains, hospitals, nursing homes, hotels and motels, country clubs, government and military organizations, colleges and universities, and retail locations. The company was formerly known as USF Holding Corp. and changed its name to US Foods Holding Corp. in February 2016. US Foods Holding Corp. is headquartered in Rosemont, Illinois.

Coffee Company Profile

Coffee Holding Co., Inc. manufactures, roasts, packages, markets, and distributes roasted and blended coffees in the United States, Canada, Australia, England, and China. The company offers wholesale green coffee products, which include unroasted raw beans of approximately 90 varieties that are sold to large, medium, and small roasters, as well as to coffee shop operators. It also roasts, blends, packages, and sells coffee under private labels. As of October 31, 2017, the company supplied private label coffee under approximately 26 labels to wholesalers and retailers in cans, brick packages, and instants of various sizes. In addition, it roasts, blends, and packages company label branded coffee to supermarkets, wholesalers, and individually owned and multi-unit retail customers. Further, the company offers tabletop coffee roasting equipment, instant coffees, and tea products for its customers. Its coffee brands include Cafe Caribe, Don Manuel, S&W, Cafe Supremo, Via Roma, Premier Roasters, and Harmony Bay. The company was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in Staten Island, New York.

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