Long Island Iced Tea Corp. (NASDAQ: LTEA) and National Beverage Corp. (NASDAQ:FIZZ) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings and institutional ownership.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Long Island Iced Tea Corp. and National Beverage Corp.’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Long Island Iced Tea Corp. $4.79 million 4.68 -$11.97 million ($1.90) -1.29
National Beverage Corp. $869.64 million 5.24 $189.51 million $2.50 39.10

National Beverage Corp. has higher revenue and earnings than Long Island Iced Tea Corp.. Long Island Iced Tea Corp. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than National Beverage Corp., indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

1.1% of Long Island Iced Tea Corp. shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 21.8% of National Beverage Corp. shares are owned by institutional investors. 18.1% of Long Island Iced Tea Corp. shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 75.2% of National Beverage Corp. shares are owned 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.

Volatility & Risk

Long Island Iced Tea Corp. has a beta of -10.74, indicating that its share price is 1,174% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, National Beverage Corp. has a beta of 0.59, indicating that its share price is 41% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Long Island Iced Tea Corp. and National Beverage Corp., as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Long Island Iced Tea Corp. 0 0 0 0 N/A
National Beverage Corp. 2 1 0 0 1.33

National Beverage Corp. has a consensus price target of $85.67, indicating a potential downside of 12.35%. Given National Beverage Corp.’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe National Beverage Corp. is more favorable than Long Island Iced Tea Corp..

Profitability

This table compares Long Island Iced Tea Corp. and National Beverage Corp.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Long Island Iced Tea Corp. -305.26% -349.13% -202.48%
National Beverage Corp. 13.38% 49.70% 32.30%

Summary

National Beverage Corp. beats Long Island Iced Tea Corp. on 11 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Long Island Iced Tea Corp.

Long Island Iced Tea Corp. is a holding company operating through its subsidiary, Long Island Brand Beverages, LLC (LIBB). The Company is engaged in the production and distribution of Non-Alcoholic Ready-to-Drink (NARTD) iced tea in the beverage industry. It is organized around its brand, Long Island Iced Tea. Long Island Iced Tea is sold primarily on the East Coast of the United States through a network of national and regional retail chains and distributors. The Company produces brewed tea, using black tea leaves, purified water and natural cane sugar or sucralose. The Company‚Äôs Long Island Iced Tea’s flavors include lemon, peach, raspberry, guava, mango, diet lemon, diet peach, sweet tea, green tea and honey, and half tea and half lemonade. It also offers lower calorie iced tea in over 12 ounce bottles. The lower calorie flavor options include mango, raspberry and peach. The Company’s products include All-Natural Tea, Diet Tea, Fruit-Flavored Tea, Organic Tea and Herbal Tea.

About National Beverage Corp.

National Beverage Corp. is a holding company. The Company develops, produces, markets and sells a diverse portfolio of flavored beverage products primarily in North America. The Company’s brands consist of beverages geared to the active and health-conscious consumer (Power+ Brands), including sparkling waters, energy drinks and juices, and carbonated soft drinks in a range of flavors, including regular, sugar-free and reduced calorie options. In addition, the Company produces soft drinks for certain retailers, such as allied brands. The Company’s portfolio of Power+ Brands includes LaCroix, LaCroix Curate, LaCroix NiCola and Shasta sparkling water products; Rip It energy drinks and shots, and Everfresh, Everfresh Premier Varietals and Mr. Pure juice and juice-based products. The Company’s carbonated soft drinks include Shasta and Faygo, iconic brands. The Company had, as of April 30, 2016, 12 production facilities located near metropolitan markets across the continental United States.

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