Mondelez International (NYSE: KFT) and Darling Ingredients (NYSE:DAR) are both non-cyclical consumer goods & services companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, risk, dividends, institutional ownership and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Mondelez International and Darling Ingredients, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Mondelez International 0 0 0 0 N/A
Darling Ingredients 0 0 5 0 3.00

Darling Ingredients has a consensus target price of $18.60, indicating a potential upside of 4.55%. Given Darling Ingredients’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Darling Ingredients is more favorable than Mondelez International.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

95.4% of Darling Ingredients shares are held by institutional investors. 2.0% of Darling Ingredients 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.

Profitability

This table compares Mondelez International and Darling Ingredients’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Mondelez International 7.23% 7.78% 2.78%
Darling Ingredients 2.39% 3.99% 1.77%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Mondelez International and Darling Ingredients’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Mondelez International N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Darling Ingredients $3.52 billion 0.83 $428.51 million $0.51 34.88

Darling Ingredients has higher revenue and earnings than Mondelez International.

Summary

Darling Ingredients beats Mondelez International on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Mondelez International Company Profile

Mondelez International, Inc. is a snack company. The Company manufactures and markets snack food and beverage products for consumers. It operates through four segments: Latin America, Asia, Middle East, and Africa (AMEA), Europe and North America. As of December 31, 2016, its brands spanned five product categories: Biscuits (including cookies, crackers and salted snacks); Chocolate; Gum and candy; Beverages (including coffee and powdered beverages), and Cheese and grocery. Itsportfolio includes various snack brands, including Nabisco, Oreo, LU and belVita biscuits; Cadbury, Milka, Cadbury Dairy Milk and Toblerone chocolate; Trident gum; Halls candy, and Tang powdered beverages. The Company sells its products to supermarket chains, wholesalers, supercenters, club stores, mass merchandisers, distributors, convenience stores, gasoline stations, drug stores, value stores and retail food outlets. As of December 31, 2016, it sold its products to consumers in approximately 165 countries.

Darling Ingredients Company Profile

Darling Ingredients Inc. (Darling) is a developer and producer of sustainable natural ingredients from edible and inedible bio-nutrients, creating a range of ingredients and customized specialty solutions for customers in the pharmaceutical, food, pet food, feed, industrial, fuel, bioenergy and fertilizer industries. The Company operates through three segments: Feed Ingredients, Food Ingredients and Fuel Ingredients. The Company collects and transforms all aspects of animal by-product streams into useable and specialty ingredients, such as gelatin, edible fats, feed-grade fats, animal proteins and meals, plasma, pet food ingredients, organic fertilizers, yellow grease, fuel feedstocks, green energy, natural casings and hides. In addition, the Company provides grease trap services to food service establishments, environmental services to food processors and sells restaurant cooking oil delivery and collection equipment.

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