SiteOne Landscape Supply (NYSE: SITE) and Calavo Growers (NASDAQ:CVGW) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, profitabiliy, valuation, earnings, institutional ownership and risk.

Volatility and Risk

SiteOne Landscape Supply has a beta of 2.01, suggesting that its share price is 101% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Calavo Growers has a beta of 0.62, suggesting that its share price is 38% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

87.3% of SiteOne Landscape Supply shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 82.3% of Calavo Growers shares are held by institutional investors. 4.0% of SiteOne Landscape Supply shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 9.9% of Calavo Growers 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

Calavo Growers pays an annual dividend of $0.90 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. SiteOne Landscape Supply does not pay a dividend. Calavo Growers pays out 39.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares SiteOne Landscape Supply and Calavo Growers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SiteOne Landscape Supply 1.55% 22.88% 3.95%
Calavo Growers 3.99% 18.38% 11.73%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares SiteOne Landscape Supply and Calavo Growers’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SiteOne Landscape Supply $1.65 billion 1.27 $105.50 million ($3.22) -16.34
Calavo Growers $1.01 billion 1.16 $75.09 million $2.30 28.93

SiteOne Landscape Supply has higher revenue and earnings than Calavo Growers. SiteOne Landscape Supply is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Calavo Growers, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for SiteOne Landscape Supply and Calavo Growers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SiteOne Landscape Supply 0 2 1 0 2.33
Calavo Growers 0 0 3 0 3.00

SiteOne Landscape Supply currently has a consensus price target of $47.00, indicating a potential downside of 10.66%. Calavo Growers has a consensus price target of $78.67, indicating a potential upside of 18.21%. Given Calavo Growers’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Calavo Growers is more favorable than SiteOne Landscape Supply.

Summary

Calavo Growers beats SiteOne Landscape Supply on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About SiteOne Landscape Supply

SiteOne Landscape Supply, Inc. is a national wholesale distributor of landscape supplies in the United States and Canada. The Company is a supplier of irrigation, landscape lighting, hardscapes, lawn care supplies, nursery stock, and landscape accessories to green industry professionals. As of October 2, 2016, the Company had over 450 stores. The Company offers a selection of fertilizer and control products, such as herbicides, irrigation supplies, landscape accessories, nursery goods, hardscapes, including pavers, natural stones and blocks, and outdoor lighting products. The Company’s customers are primarily residential and commercial landscape professionals specializing in the designing, installation and maintenance of lawns, gardens, golf courses and other outdoor spaces. The Company offers various products, such as spreader settings, LESCO equipment specification sheets, golf course supplies, seed: golf and greentech specification binder.

About Calavo Growers

Calavo Growers, Inc. operates in the avocado industry. The Company provides value-added fresh food. The Company distributes its products both domestically and internationally and internationally. It operates in three business segments: Fresh products, Calavo Foods and Renaissance Food Group, LLC (RFG). The Company is engaged in marketing and distributing avocados, prepared avocados and other perishable foods, which allows it to deliver an array of fresh and prepared food products to food distributors, produce wholesalers, supermarkets, convenience stores and restaurants on a worldwide basis. The Company procures avocados principally from California and Mexico. Through its various operating facilities, the Company sorts, packs, and/or ripens avocados, tomatoes and/or Hawaiian grown papayas; processes and packages fresh cut fruit and vegetables, salads, wraps, sandwiches, fresh snacking products and a range of behind-the-glass deli items, and produces and packages guacamole and salsa.

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