Boulder Brands (NASDAQ: SMBL) and Performance Food Group (NYSE:PFGC) are both non-cyclical consumer goods & services companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and dividends.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Boulder Brands and Performance Food Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Boulder Brands N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Performance Food Group $16.76 billion 0.18 $342.30 million $0.93 30.38

Performance Food Group has higher revenue and earnings than Boulder Brands.

Profitability

This table compares Boulder Brands and Performance Food Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Boulder Brands 0.61% 0.59% 0.50%
Performance Food Group 0.57% 14.73% 3.48%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Boulder Brands and Performance Food Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Boulder Brands 0 0 0 0 N/A
Performance Food Group 0 6 5 0 2.45

Performance Food Group has a consensus price target of $29.00, suggesting a potential upside of 2.65%. Given Performance Food Group’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Performance Food Group is more favorable than Boulder Brands.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

78.7% of Performance Food Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.5% of Performance Food Group shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Performance Food Group beats Boulder Brands on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Boulder Brands Company Profile

Boulder Brands, Inc. is a natural consumer packaged food company. The Company’s health and wellness platform consists of brands that target specific health trends: the Glutino Food Group and Udi’s Healthy Foods, LLC’s Gluten Free brands for gluten free diets; the Earth Balance brand for plant-based diets; the Level Life brand for diabetic diets; EVOL Food branded foods for consumers seeking convenient foods made with pure and simple ingredients, and the Smart Balance brand for heart healthier diets. The Company distributes its products in all retail channels, including natural, grocery, club and mass merchandise. The Company also has a presence in the foodservice and industrial channels. The Company operates in two segments: Natural and Balance. The Natural segment consists of Udi’s, Glutino and EVOL branded products. The Balance segment consists of Smart Balance, Earth Balance and Level Life branded products.

Performance Food Group Company Profile

Performance Food Group Company, through its subsidiaries, markets and distributes food and food-related products. The Company operates through three segments: Performance Foodservice, PFG Customized and Vistar. The Performance Foodservice segment distributes a range of national brands, customer brands, and branded food and food-related products. It sells to independent or street, and multi-unit or chain, restaurants and other institutions. Its PFG Customized segment provides service to family and casual dining restaurant chains, and fast casual and quick service restaurant chains. Its Vistar segment specializes in distributing candy, snacks, beverages and other items nationally to the vending, office coffee service, theater, hospitality and other channels. Its products include a range of frozen foods, such as meats, fully prepared appetizers and entrees, and desserts; a range of canned and dry foods; fresh meats; dairy products; beverage products, and snack and other products.

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