Middleby (NASDAQ: MIDD) and Fresh Healthy Vending (OTCMKTS:VEND) are both industrial products companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, profitability, valuation, dividends and institutional ownership.

Risk & Volatility

Middleby has a beta of 1.8, indicating that its stock price is 80% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Fresh Healthy Vending has a beta of -8.15, indicating that its stock price is 915% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Middleby and Fresh Healthy Vending, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Middleby 0 4 4 0 2.50
Fresh Healthy Vending 0 0 1 0 3.00

Middleby presently has a consensus price target of $138.71, indicating a potential upside of 10.02%. Given Middleby’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Middleby is more favorable than Fresh Healthy Vending.

Profitability

This table compares Middleby and Fresh Healthy Vending’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Middleby 12.77% 22.98% 9.87%
Fresh Healthy Vending -861.36% N/A -72.26%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

0.1% of Fresh Healthy Vending shares are held by institutional investors. 1.9% of Middleby shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 62.6% of Fresh Healthy Vending shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Middleby and Fresh Healthy Vending’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Middleby $2.34 billion 3.01 $298.12 million $6.16 20.47
Fresh Healthy Vending $4.27 million 20.51 -$11.26 million N/A N/A

Middleby has higher revenue and earnings than Fresh Healthy Vending.

Summary

Middleby beats Fresh Healthy Vending on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Middleby

The Middleby Corporation designs, manufactures, markets, distributes, and services foodservice, food processing, and residential kitchen equipment in the United States, Canada, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America. Its Commercial Foodservice Equipment Group segment offers cooking and warming equipment for quick and full-service restaurants, convenience stores, retail outlets, hotels, and other institutions. This segment provides conveyor, combi, convection, baking, proofing, deck, speed cooking, and hydrovection ovens; ranges, fryers, rethermalizers, heated cabinets, charbroilers, ventless cooking systems, kitchen ventilations, toasters, griddles, mixers, refrigerators, blast chillers, coldrooms, ice machines, and freezers; steam cooking, food warming, catering, induction and countertop cooking, and coffee and beverage dispensing equipment; and stainless steel fabrication and custom millwork products. The company's Food Processing Equipment Group segment offers processing solutions for customers producing hot dog, dinner sausage, poultry, and lunchmeat, as well as muffin, cookie, and bread products. This segment provides batch, baking, proofing, conveyor, and continuous processing ovens; frying and automated thermal processing systems; grinders, slicers, reduction and emulsion systems, mixers, blenders, water cutting systems, food presses, and automated loading and unloading systems; and various battering and breading, seeding, food suspension and forming, food safety and handling, freezing, defrosting, and packaging equipment. Its Residential Kitchen Equipment Group segment offers kitchen equipment comprising ranges, cookers, stoves, ovens, refrigerators, dishwashers, microwaves, cooktops, wine coolers, ice machines, and ventilation and outdoor equipment. The company was formerly known as Middleby Marshall Oven Company and changed its name to The Middleby Corporation in 1985. The Middleby Corporation was founded in 1888 and is based in Elgin, Illinois.

About Fresh Healthy Vending

Generation Next Franchise Brands, Inc., a franchise development company, operates vending machines and micro markets in North America, the Bahamas, and Puerto Rico. The company and its franchisees operate approximately 3,000 vending machines and micro markets that provide natural and organic food and beverage products. The company was formerly known as Fresh Healthy Vending International, Inc. and changed its name to Generation Next Franchise Brands, Inc. in March 2016. Generation Next Franchise Brands, Inc. was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in San Diego, California.

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