Monster Beverage Corporation (NASDAQ: MNST) and Barfresh Food Group (OTCMKTS:BRFH) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, dividends, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Monster Beverage Corporation and Barfresh Food Group, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Monster Beverage Corporation 0 2 9 0 2.82
Barfresh Food Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

Monster Beverage Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $56.18, indicating a potential upside of 1.74%. Given Monster Beverage Corporation’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Monster Beverage Corporation is more favorable than Barfresh Food Group.

Risk and Volatility

Monster Beverage Corporation has a beta of 0.96, suggesting that its stock price is 4% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Barfresh Food Group has a beta of 0.79, suggesting that its stock price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

65.9% of Monster Beverage Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.0% of Barfresh Food Group shares are held by institutional investors. 9.4% of Monster Beverage Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 37.2% of Barfresh Food Group shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Monster Beverage Corporation and Barfresh Food Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Monster Beverage Corporation 23.98% 22.96% 18.50%
Barfresh Food Group -602.09% -125.17% -108.29%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Monster Beverage Corporation and Barfresh Food Group’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Monster Beverage Corporation $3.19 billion 9.84 $1.28 billion $1.33 41.52
Barfresh Food Group $1.56 million 47.71 -$9.23 million N/A N/A

Monster Beverage Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Barfresh Food Group.

Summary

Monster Beverage Corporation beats Barfresh Food Group on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Monster Beverage Corporation Company Profile

Monster Beverage Corporation is a holding company. The Company develop, market, sell and distribute alternative beverage category beverages under the brand names of Monster Energy, Monster Rehab, Monster Energy Extra Strength Nitrous Technology, Java Monster, X-Presso Monster, Muscle Monster, Punch Monster, Hansen’s, Hansen’s Natural Cane Soda, Junior Juice, Blue Sky, Hubert’s, Worx Energy and Peace Tea. The company has two segments, Direct Store Delivery (DSD), whose principal products comprise energy drinks, and Warehouse (Warehouse), whose principal products comprise juice-based and soda beverages. The DSD segment develops, markets and sells products primarily through an exclusive distributor network, whereas the Warehouse segment develops, markets and sells products primarily direct to retailers.

Barfresh Food Group Company Profile

Barfresh Food Group, Inc. is a manufacturer and distributor of ready to blend frozen beverages. The Company’s portfolio of products includes smoothies, shakes and frappes. All of the Company’s products are portion controlled beverage ingredient packs, suitable for smoothies, shakes and frappes that can also be utilized for cocktails and mocktails. The beverage packs contain all of the solid ingredients necessary to make the beverage, including the base (either sorbet, frozen yogurt or ice cream), real fruit pieces, juices and ice-five ounces of water are added before blending. As of December 31, 2015, the Company’s portfolio of products are available in nine flavors, including chocolate shake, strawberry smoothie, vanilla shake, mango burst smoothie, mocha frappe, mango smoothie, strawberry banana smoothie, caramel macchiato frappe and caribbean smoothie. The Company utilizes contract manufacturers to manufacture all of the products in the United States.

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