McCormick & Company, Incorporated (NYSE: MKC) and Greencore (OTCMKTS:GNCGY) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, dividends and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares McCormick & Company, Incorporated and Greencore’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
McCormick & Company, Incorporated 16.04% 23.39% 6.49%
Greencore N/A N/A N/A

Volatility and Risk

McCormick & Company, Incorporated has a beta of 0.56, suggesting that its stock price is 44% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Greencore has a beta of 1.97, suggesting that its stock price is 97% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

79.8% of McCormick & Company, Incorporated shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.0% of Greencore shares are held by institutional investors. 19.2% of McCormick & Company, Incorporated shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for McCormick & Company, Incorporated and Greencore, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
McCormick & Company, Incorporated 1 5 3 0 2.22
Greencore 0 0 0 0 N/A

McCormick & Company, Incorporated presently has a consensus target price of $111.38, suggesting a potential upside of 7.33%. Given McCormick & Company, Incorporated’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe McCormick & Company, Incorporated is more favorable than Greencore.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares McCormick & Company, Incorporated and Greencore’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
McCormick & Company, Incorporated $4.83 billion 2.81 $477.40 million $4.26 24.36
Greencore $2.94 billion 0.53 $15.46 million $0.78 11.36

McCormick & Company, Incorporated has higher revenue and earnings than Greencore. Greencore is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than McCormick & Company, Incorporated, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

McCormick & Company, Incorporated pays an annual dividend of $2.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. Greencore pays an annual dividend of $0.25 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.8%. McCormick & Company, Incorporated pays out 48.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Greencore pays out 32.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. McCormick & Company, Incorporated has increased its dividend for 31 consecutive years. Greencore is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Summary

McCormick & Company, Incorporated beats Greencore on 13 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

McCormick & Company, Incorporated Company Profile

McCormick & Company, Incorporated is engaged in manufacturing, marketing and distributing spices, seasoning mixes, condiments and other flavorful products to the food industry, including retailers, food manufacturers and foodservice businesses. The Company’s segments include consumer and industrial. The Company is involved in the manufacturing and sales of flavorful products. As of November 30, 2016, it offered brands for consumers in approximately 150 countries and territories. The Company’s brands in the Americas include McCormick, Lawry’s, and Club House, as well as brands, such as Gourmet Garden and OLD BAY. It provides a range of products to food manufacturers and foodservice customers. The Company’s sales, distribution and production facilities are located in North America, Europe and China. It markets regional and ethnic brands, such as Zatarain’s, Stubb’s, Thai Kitchen and Simply Asia. The Company offers sensory testing, culinary research, food safety and flavor application.

Greencore Company Profile

Greencore Group plc produces and sells various food products primarily in the United Kingdom and the United States. It operates through Convenience Foods UK & Ireland, Convenience Foods US, and Ingredients and Property segments. The company provides sandwiches, wraps, rolls, sub-rolls, flatbreads, baguettes, bagels, prepared salads, and sushi products; and prepared meals, such as chilled ready meals, chilled sauces and soups, and quiches. It also offers grocery products comprising cooking sauces, table sauces, pickles, Yorkshire puddings, cakes, and desserts, as well as various convenience food products; and frozen breakfast sandwiches, kid, frozen sandwiches, and salad kits. It provides its products primarily through retailers, coffee shops, grocery stores, convenience stores, supermarket and high street chains, and petrol forecourts. Greencore Group plc was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland.

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