Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated (NASDAQ: COKE) and Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE:DPS) are both mid-cap consumer staples companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, risk and profitabiliy.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated and Dr Pepper Snapple Group, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated 0 0 0 0 N/A
Dr Pepper Snapple Group 1 9 5 0 2.27

Dr Pepper Snapple Group has a consensus target price of $98.17, suggesting a potential upside of 7.57%. Given Dr Pepper Snapple Group’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Dr Pepper Snapple Group is more favorable than Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

38.6% of Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 90.0% of Dr Pepper Snapple Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.0% of Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.6% of Dr Pepper Snapple Group shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated has a beta of 0.03, indicating that its share price is 97% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Dr Pepper Snapple Group has a beta of 0.6, indicating that its share price is 40% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated and Dr Pepper Snapple Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated $3.40 billion 0.66 $245.38 million $5.90 40.98
Dr Pepper Snapple Group $6.46 billion 2.60 $1.61 billion $4.54 20.10

Dr Pepper Snapple Group has higher revenue and earnings than Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated. Dr Pepper Snapple Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated and Dr Pepper Snapple Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated 1.62% 14.95% 2.19%
Dr Pepper Snapple Group 13.03% 38.52% 8.98%

Dividends

Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.4%. Dr Pepper Snapple Group pays an annual dividend of $2.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.5%. Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated pays out 16.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Dr Pepper Snapple Group pays out 51.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Dr Pepper Snapple Group has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years. Dr Pepper Snapple Group is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Summary

Dr Pepper Snapple Group beats Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated on 13 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated

Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated produces, markets and distributes nonalcoholic beverages. The Company is an independent Coca-Cola bottler in the United States. The Company’s segments include Nonalcoholic Beverages and All Other. Majority of its total bottle/can volume to retail customers consist of products of The Coca-Cola Company. It also distributes products for various other beverage brands, including Dr Pepper, Sundrop and Monster Energy. The Company’s product offerings include both sparkling and still beverages. Sparkling beverages are carbonated beverages and the Company’s principal sparkling beverage is Coca-Cola. Still beverages include energy products and noncarbonated beverages, such as bottled water, tea, ready to drink coffee, enhanced water, juices and sports drinks. There are two main categories of sales, which include bottle/can sales and other sales.

About Dr Pepper Snapple Group

Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. is an integrated brand owner, manufacturer and distributor of non-alcoholic beverages in the United States, Mexico and Canada. The Company offers a diverse portfolio of flavored (non-cola) carbonated soft drinks (CSDs) and non-carbonated beverages (NCBs), including ready-to-drink teas, juices, juice drinks, water and mixers. The Company’s segments include Beverage Concentrates, Packaged Beverages and Latin America Beverages. The Company’s brand portfolio includes CSD brands, such as Dr Pepper, Canada Dry, Penafiel, Squirt, 7UP, Crush, A&W, Sunkist soda and Schweppes, and NCB brands, such as Snapple, Hawaiian Punch, Mott’s and Clamato. The Company’s NCB brands include Snapple, Hawaiian Punch, Mott’s, FIJI mineral water, Clamato, Yoo-Hoo, Deja Blue, Bai Brands, ReaLemon, AriZona tea, Vita Coco coconut water, Mr and Mrs T mixers, BodyArmor, Nantucket Nectars, Garden Cocktail, Mistic and Rose’s.

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