Central Garden & Pet (NASDAQ: CENT) is one of 50 publicly-traded companies in the “Food Processing” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Central Garden & Pet to related companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, risk, earnings, institutional ownership and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares Central Garden & Pet and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Central Garden & Pet 3.49% 13.66% 6.13%
Central Garden & Pet Competitors 4.04% 11.39% 4.79%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Central Garden & Pet and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Central Garden & Pet 0 2 3 0 2.60
Central Garden & Pet Competitors 358 1653 1888 61 2.42

Central Garden & Pet presently has a consensus price target of $38.33, indicating a potential upside of 6.81%. As a group, “Food Processing” companies have a potential downside of 0.42%. Given Central Garden & Pet’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Central Garden & Pet is more favorable than its rivals.

Risk & Volatility

Central Garden & Pet has a beta of 0.1, indicating that its share price is 90% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Central Garden & Pet’s rivals have a beta of 0.71, indicating that their average share price is 29% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Central Garden & Pet and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Central Garden & Pet $1.98 billion $202.40 million 26.99
Central Garden & Pet Competitors $8.38 billion $1.04 billion 22.57

Central Garden & Pet’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Central Garden & Pet. Central Garden & Pet is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

20.2% of Central Garden & Pet shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.5% of shares of all “Food Processing” companies are held by institutional investors. 11.6% of Central Garden & Pet shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 12.2% of shares of all “Food Processing” companies 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.

Summary

Central Garden & Pet rivals beat Central Garden & Pet on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About Central Garden & Pet

Central Garden & Pet Company is a marketer and producer of branded products and distributor of third party products in the pet and lawn and garden supplies industries in the United States. The Company operates in two segments: Pet segment and the Garden segment. It is a marketer and producer of pet supplies in the United States. In addition, its Pet segment operates sales and logistics networks in the industry strategically supporting its brands. Its principal pet supplies categories are dog and cat, aquatics, bird and small animal, wild bird feed and animal health products. The Company markets and produces various brands, including Pennington, The Rebels, AMDRO, Lilly Miller, Ironite, Sevin, and Over-N-Out. Its Garden segment operates a sales and logistics network that strategically supports its brands. The Company’s principal lawn and garden product lines include grass seed, wild bird feed and insect control products.

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