Campbell Soup (NYSE: CPB) is one of 50 public companies in the “Food Processing” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Campbell Soup to related companies based on the strength of its profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends, earnings and institutional ownership.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

44.3% of Campbell Soup shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.5% of shares of all “Food Processing” companies are owned by institutional investors. 37.3% of Campbell Soup shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 12.2% of shares of all “Food Processing” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Campbell Soup pays an annual dividend of $1.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.0%. Campbell Soup pays out 48.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Food Processing” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.5% and pay out 60.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Campbell Soup is clearly a better dividend stock than its competitors, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Risk and Volatility

Campbell Soup has a beta of 0.36, suggesting that its share price is 64% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Campbell Soup’s competitors have a beta of 0.72, suggesting that their average share price is 28% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Campbell Soup and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Campbell Soup 11.24% 59.84% 12.07%
Campbell Soup Competitors 4.08% 11.36% 4.77%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Campbell Soup and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Campbell Soup 4 7 0 0 1.64
Campbell Soup Competitors 263 1498 1852 53 2.46

Campbell Soup presently has a consensus price target of $51.50, indicating a potential upside of 10.54%. As a group, “Food Processing” companies have a potential downside of 1.99%. Given Campbell Soup’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Campbell Soup is more favorable than its competitors.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Campbell Soup and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Campbell Soup $7.89 billion $2.00 billion 16.12
Campbell Soup Competitors $8.38 billion $1.05 billion 22.62

Campbell Soup’s competitors have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Campbell Soup. Campbell Soup is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Campbell Soup beats its competitors on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

Campbell Soup Company Profile

Campbell Soup Company is a food company, which manufactures and markets food products. The Company’s segments include Americas Simple Meals and Beverages; Global Biscuits and Snacks, and Campbell Fresh. The Americas Simple Meals and Beverages segment includes the retail and food service channel businesses. The segment includes the products, such as Campbell’s condensed and ready-to-serve soups; Swanson broth and stocks; Prego pasta sauces; Pace Mexican sauces; Campbell’s gravies, pasta, beans and dinner sauces; Plum food and snacks; V8 juices and beverages, and Campbell’s tomato juice. The Global Biscuits and Snacks segment includes Pepperidge Farm cookies, crackers, bakery and frozen products; Arnott’s biscuits, and Kelsen cookies. The Campbell Fresh segment includes Bolthouse Farms fresh carrots, carrot ingredients, refrigerated beverages and refrigerated salad dressings; Garden Fresh Gourmet salsa, hummus, dips and tortilla chips, and the United States refrigerated soup business.

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