Boston Beer Company, Inc. (The) (NYSE: SAM) and Anheuser Busch Inbev NV (NYSE:BUD) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, profitabiliy, analyst recommendations, earnings and risk.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

71.5% of Boston Beer Company, Inc. (The) shares are owned by institutional investors. 28.5% of Boston Beer Company, Inc. (The) shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Boston Beer Company, Inc. (The) and Anheuser Busch Inbev NV’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Boston Beer Company, Inc. (The) 9.42% 19.73% 14.17%
Anheuser Busch Inbev NV 13.50% N/A N/A

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Boston Beer Company, Inc. (The) and Anheuser Busch Inbev NV’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Boston Beer Company, Inc. (The) $879.31 million 1.84 $180.47 million $6.74 19.55
Anheuser Busch Inbev NV $49.04 billion 4.51 $18.47 billion N/A N/A

Anheuser Busch Inbev NV has higher revenue and earnings than Boston Beer Company, Inc. (The).

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Boston Beer Company, Inc. (The) and Anheuser Busch Inbev NV, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Boston Beer Company, Inc. (The) 3 4 1 0 1.75
Anheuser Busch Inbev NV 1 8 10 0 2.47

Boston Beer Company, Inc. (The) currently has a consensus price target of $145.86, indicating a potential upside of 10.71%. Anheuser Busch Inbev NV has a consensus price target of $122.50, indicating a potential upside of 7.18%. Given Boston Beer Company, Inc. (The)’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Boston Beer Company, Inc. (The) is more favorable than Anheuser Busch Inbev NV.


Anheuser Busch Inbev NV beats Boston Beer Company, Inc. (The) on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Boston Beer Company, Inc. (The)

The Boston Beer Company, Inc. is a craft brewer in the United States. The Company is engaged in the business of producing and selling alcohol beverages primarily in the domestic market and in selected international markets. The Company operates through two segments: Boston Beer Company segment, and A&S Brewing Collaborative segment. The Boston Beer Company segment comprises of the Company’s Samuel Adams, Twisted Tea, Angry Orchard and Truly Spiked & Sparkling brands. The A&S Brewing Collaborative segment comprises of The Traveler Beer Company, Coney Island Brewing Company, Angel City Brewing Company and Concrete Beach Brewing Company. Both segments sell low alcohol beverages. The Company produces malt beverages and hard cider at the Company-owned breweries and under contract arrangements at other brewery locations. As of December 31, 2016, the Company sold its products to a network of approximately 350 wholesalers in the United States and to a network of distributors.

About Anheuser Busch Inbev NV

Anheuser Busch Inbev NV (AB InBev) is a Belgium-based company engaged in the brewers industry. The Company owns a portfolio of over 200 beer brands. The Company’s brand portfolio includes global brands, such as Budweiser, Corona and Stella Artois; international brands, including Beck’s, Leffe and Hoegaarden, and local champions, such as Bud Light, Skol, Brahma, Antarctica, Quilmes, Victoria, Modelo Especial, Michelob Ultra, Harbin, Sedrin, Klinskoye, Sibirskaya Korona, Chernigivske, Cass and Jupiler. The Company’s soft drinks business consists of both own production and agreements with PepsiCo related to bottling and distribution arrangements between its various subsidiaries and PepsiCo. Ambev, which is a subsidiary of the Company, is a PepsiCo bottler. Brands that are distributed under these agreements are Pepsi, 7UP and Gatorade.

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