AGT Food and Ingredients (OTCMKTS:AGXXF) and Tyson Foods (NYSE:TSN) are both consumer defensive companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, dividends, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Dividends

Tyson Foods pays an annual dividend of $1.50 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. AGT Food and Ingredients does not pay a dividend. Tyson Foods pays out 24.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Tyson Foods has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for AGT Food and Ingredients and Tyson Foods, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AGT Food and Ingredients 0 0 0 0 N/A
Tyson Foods 1 6 9 0 2.50

Tyson Foods has a consensus target price of $70.40, suggesting a potential upside of 7.05%. Given Tyson Foods’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Tyson Foods is more favorable than AGT Food and Ingredients.

Profitability

This table compares AGT Food and Ingredients and Tyson Foods’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AGT Food and Ingredients N/A N/A N/A
Tyson Foods 4.86% 17.25% 7.40%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

69.3% of Tyson Foods shares are held by institutional investors. 1.7% of Tyson 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.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares AGT Food and Ingredients and Tyson Foods’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
AGT Food and Ingredients N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Tyson Foods $40.05 billion 0.60 $3.02 billion $6.16 10.68

Tyson Foods has higher revenue and earnings than AGT Food and Ingredients.

Summary

Tyson Foods beats AGT Food and Ingredients on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About AGT Food and Ingredients

AGT Food and Ingredients Inc. produces and exports pulses, staple foods, and food ingredients worldwide. It operates through three segments: Pulse and Grain Processing; Bulk Handling and Distribution; and Food Ingredients and Packaged Foods. The company offers lentils, peas, chickpeas, beans, popcorn, canary seed, flax, and other specialty seeds. The company also produces pulse proteins, fibers, starches, and flours for food ingredient and industrial uses; milled durum wheat products, such as semolina and pasta under the Arbella brand; and bulgur wheat, as well as medium grain and long grain milled rice. In addition, it offers retail and foodservice dry packaged and canned foods under the CLIC, Pouyoukas, and Freshpop brands; and distributes durum, sorghum, popcorn, coffee, canola, sugar, spices, and various seeds. The company was formerly known as Alliance Grain Traders Inc. and changed its name to AGT Food and Ingredients Inc. in October 2014. AGT Food and Ingredients Inc. was incorporated in 2009 and is headquartered in Regina, Canada.

About Tyson Foods

Tyson Foods, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a food company worldwide. It operates through four segments: Beef, Pork, Chicken, and Prepared Foods. The company processes live fed cattle and live market hogs; fabricates dressed beef and pork carcasses into primal and sub-primal meat cuts, as well as case ready beef and pork, and fully-cooked meats; and raises and processes chickens into fresh, frozen, and value-added chicken products. It also supplies poultry breeding stock; sells allied products, such as hides and meats; and manufactures and markets frozen and refrigerated food products, including ready-to-eat sandwiches, flame-grilled hamburgers, Philly steaks, pepperoni, bacon, breakfast sausage, turkey, lunchmeat, hot dogs, flour and corn tortilla products, appetizers, snacks, prepared meals, ethnic foods, side dishes, meat dishes, breadsticks, and processed meats. The company offers its products primarily under the Tyson, Jimmy Dean, Hillshire Farm, Ball Park, Wright, Aidells, ibp, State Fair, Gallo Salame, and Golden Island brands. It sells its products through its sales staff to grocery retailers, grocery wholesalers, meat distributors, warehouse club stores, military commissaries, industrial food processing companies, chain restaurants or their distributors, live markets, international export companies, and domestic distributors who serve restaurants and foodservice operations, such as plant and school cafeterias, convenience stores, hospitals, and other vendors, as well as through independent brokers and trading companies. The company was founded in 1935 and is headquartered in Springdale, Arkansas.

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