Teavana Holdings (NYSE: TEA) and Farmer Brothers (NASDAQ:FARM) are both small-cap coffee & tea companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, dividends and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Teavana Holdings and Farmer Brothers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Teavana Holdings N/A N/A N/A
Farmer Brothers 4.02% 4.13% 2.16%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Teavana Holdings and Farmer Brothers’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Teavana Holdings N/A N/A N/A $0.37 0.22
Farmer Brothers $541.50 million 1.04 $24.40 million $1.30 25.77

Farmer Brothers has higher revenue and earnings than Teavana Holdings. Teavana Holdings is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Farmer Brothers, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Teavana Holdings and Farmer Brothers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Teavana Holdings 0 0 0 0 N/A
Farmer Brothers 0 0 1 0 3.00

Farmer Brothers has a consensus target price of $38.50, indicating a potential upside of 14.93%. Given Farmer Brothers’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Farmer Brothers is more favorable than Teavana Holdings.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

53.3% of Farmer Brothers shares are owned by institutional investors. 9.2% of Farmer Brothers shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Farmer Brothers beats Teavana Holdings on 9 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Teavana Holdings

Teavana Holdings, Inc. (Teavana) is a specialty retailer of loose-leaf teas, authentic artisanal teawares and other tea-related merchandise. As of January 30, 2011, the Company had more than 100 varieties of loose-leaf teas, teawares, such as handcrafted cast-iron, clay and ceramic teapots and other tea-related merchandise. The Company offers its loose-leaf teas and tea-related merchandise through its United States retail store base, online platform, and international and domestic franchise stores. As of January 30, 2011, the Company offered its products through 146 company-owned stores in 34 states and 15 franchised stores primarily in Mexico. In June 2012, the Company acquired Teaopia Limited. In December 2012, Starbucks Coffee Company acquired Teavana.

About Farmer Brothers

Farmer Bros. Co. is a national coffee roaster, wholesaler and distributor of coffee, tea and culinary products. The Company offers private brand and consumer-branded coffee products to small independent restaurants and foodservice operators, and institutional buyers. Its product line includes organic, Direct Trade, Direct Trade Verified Sustainable (DTVS) coffees and other coffees, iced and hot teas, cappuccino, spices, and baking/biscuit mixes. Its primary brands include Farmer Brothers, Artisan Collection by Farmer Brothers, Superior and Metropolitan. Its Artisan coffee products include Direct Trade, Fair Trade Certified, Rainforest Alliance Certified organic blends. It sells whole bean and roast and ground flavored and unflavored coffee products under the Un Momento, Collaborative Coffee, Cain’s and McGarvey brands at retail. Its roast and ground coffee products are sold in traditional packaging, including bags and fractional packages, as well as single-serve packaging.

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