Jarden Corp (NYSE: JAH) and The Middleby Corporation (NASDAQ:MIDD) are both cyclical consumer goods & services companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Jarden Corp and The Middleby Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Jarden Corp 0 0 0 0 N/A
The Middleby Corporation 0 4 5 0 2.56

The Middleby Corporation has a consensus target price of $136.63, suggesting a potential upside of 15.64%. Given The Middleby Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe The Middleby Corporation is more favorable than Jarden Corp.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Jarden Corp and The Middleby Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Jarden Corp N/A N/A N/A $0.70 84.24
The Middleby Corporation $2.27 billion 2.91 $284.21 million $5.32 22.21

The Middleby Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Jarden Corp. The Middleby Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Jarden Corp, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

98.0% of The Middleby Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.0% of The Middleby Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares Jarden Corp and The Middleby Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Jarden Corp -0.16% -0.43% -0.12%
The Middleby Corporation 13.22% 23.28% 10.17%


The Middleby Corporation beats Jarden Corp on 9 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Jarden Corp Company Profile

Jarden Corporation (Jarden) is a consumer products company. The Company operates in three primary business segments: Branded Consumables, Consumer Solutions and Outdoor Solutions. The Branded Consumables segment manufactures or sources, markets and distributes branded consumer products. The Consumer Solutions segment manufactures or sources, markets, and distributes household products. The Outdoor Solutions segment manufactures or sources, markets and distributes consumer active lifestyle products. The Company distributes its products through club stores; craft stores; direct-to-consumer channels, consisting of company Websites, department stores, drugstores, grocery retailers, home improvement stores, mass merchandisers and online; specialty retailers, and wholesalers, as well as Yankee Candle retail stores. The Company manufactures products at facilities in China, Europe, Latin America and North America, as well as through third-party sourcing, primarily in Asia.

The Middleby Corporation Company Profile

The Middleby Corporation is engaged in the design, manufacture and sale of commercial foodservice, food processing equipment and residential kitchen equipment. The Company operates in three segments: the Commercial Foodservice Equipment Group, the Food Processing Equipment Group and the Residential Kitchen Equipment Group. It is also engaged in the design, manufacture, marketing, distribution and service of a range of foodservice equipment used in commercial restaurants and institutional kitchens; food preparation, cooking, baking, chilling and packaging equipment for food processing operations, and kitchen equipment, including ranges, ovens, refrigerators, ventilation and dishwashers used in the residential market. It manufactured and assembled the equipment at 28 facilities in the United States, and 23 international manufacturing facilities as of December 31, 2016. Its brands include Anets, Beech, Blodgett, Blodgett Combi, Stewart Systems, Mercury, Rangemaster, Rayburn and Redfyre.

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