Inventure Foods (NASDAQ: SNAK) and AdvancePierre Foods (NYSE:APFH) are both non-cyclical consumer goods & services companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability and earnings.

Dividends

AdvancePierre Foods pays an annual dividend of $0.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. Inventure Foods does not pay a dividend. AdvancePierre Foods pays out 31.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Inventure Foods and AdvancePierre Foods’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Inventure Foods $269.01 million 0.29 -$30.24 million ($1.93) -2.07
AdvancePierre Foods N/A N/A N/A $2.05 19.63

AdvancePierre Foods has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Inventure Foods. Inventure Foods is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than AdvancePierre Foods, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Inventure Foods and AdvancePierre Foods, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Inventure Foods 0 1 0 0 2.00
AdvancePierre Foods 0 3 0 0 2.00

AdvancePierre Foods has a consensus target price of $37.67, suggesting a potential downside of 6.42%. Given AdvancePierre Foods’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe AdvancePierre Foods is more favorable than Inventure Foods.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

69.3% of Inventure Foods shares are held by institutional investors. 6.4% of Inventure Foods shares are held by company 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.

Profitability

This table compares Inventure Foods and AdvancePierre Foods’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Inventure Foods -19.95% N/A -20.97%
AdvancePierre Foods 7.00% N/A 8.96%

Summary

AdvancePierre Foods beats Inventure Foods on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Inventure Foods Company Profile

Inventure Foods, Inc. is a marketer and manufacturer of healthy/natural and indulgent specialty snack food brands. The Company operates in the snack products segment. The snack products segment produces potato chips, kettle chips, potato crisps, potato skins, pellet snacks, sheeted dough products and extruded products for sale primarily to snack food distributors and retailers. The products sold under its snack products segment includes products considered part of the indulgent specialty snack food category, as well as products considered part of the healthy/natural food category. Its Snack Products segment’s brands include Boulder Canyon, Nathan’s Famous, T.G.I. Friday’s, Poore Brothers, and Bob’s Texas Style.

AdvancePierre Foods Company Profile

AdvancePierre Foods Holdings, Inc. is a producer and distributor of ready-to-eat sandwiches, sandwich components and other entrees and snacks. The Company operates through four segments. The Foodservice segment’s portfolio of products includes breakfast sandwiches, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, Philly steaks, fully cooked hamburger-patties, country-fried steak, stuffed entrees and chicken tenders. The Retail segment sells both branded and private label ready-to-eat sandwiches, such as grilled chicken sandwiches and stuffed pockets; sandwich components, such as chicken patties, and other entrees and snacks, such as stuffed chicken breasts. The Convenience segment sells customized ready-to-eat sandwiches, such as breakfast sandwiches and burgers; sandwich components, such as chicken patties, and other entrees and snacks, such as cinnamon dough bites. The Industrial segment supplies other food producers, such as packaged food companies under short-term co-manufacturing agreements.

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