Energizer Holdings (NYSE: EPC) and Nu Skin Enterprises (NYSE:NUS) are both mid-cap consumer staples companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, risk and dividends.

Dividends

Nu Skin Enterprises pays an annual dividend of $1.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. Energizer Holdings does not pay a dividend. Nu Skin Enterprises pays out 52.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Energizer Holdings has increased its dividend for 16 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Energizer Holdings and Nu Skin Enterprises’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Energizer Holdings 8.80% 12.71% 5.12%
Nu Skin Enterprises 6.97% 22.38% 10.29%

Risk and Volatility

Energizer Holdings has a beta of 0.91, meaning that its share price is 9% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Nu Skin Enterprises has a beta of 1.57, meaning that its share price is 57% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Energizer Holdings and Nu Skin Enterprises, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Energizer Holdings 0 5 3 0 2.38
Nu Skin Enterprises 2 2 2 0 2.00

Energizer Holdings presently has a consensus target price of $85.43, indicating a potential upside of 41.11%. Nu Skin Enterprises has a consensus target price of $60.67, indicating a potential upside of 0.81%. Given Energizer Holdings’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Energizer Holdings is more favorable than Nu Skin Enterprises.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Energizer Holdings and Nu Skin Enterprises’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Energizer Holdings $2.36 billion 1.46 $178.70 million $3.55 17.05
Nu Skin Enterprises $2.21 billion 1.44 $143.08 million $2.73 22.04

Energizer Holdings has higher revenue and earnings than Nu Skin Enterprises. Energizer Holdings is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Nu Skin Enterprises, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

89.6% of Energizer Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 79.7% of Nu Skin Enterprises shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.6% of Energizer Holdings shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.2% of Nu Skin Enterprises shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Energizer Holdings beats Nu Skin Enterprises on 11 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Energizer Holdings Company Profile

Edgewell Personal Care Company is a manufacturer and marketer of personal care products in the wet shave, sun and skin care, feminine care and infant care categories. As of September 30, 2016, the Company had a portfolio of over 25 brands. It manages its business in four segments: Wet Shave, Sun and Skin Care, Feminine Care and All Other. Its Wet shave products are sold under the Schick, Wilkinson Sword, Edge, Skintimate, Shave Guard and Personna brand names. Its Sun and Skin Care products are sold under the Banana Boat, Hawaiian Tropic, Wet Ones and Playtex brand names and offers Wet Ones, portable hand wipes category, and Playtex household gloves, the branded household glove in the United States. Its Feminine Care segment markets its products under the Playtex, Stayfree, Carefree and o.b. brands and markets pads and liners. Its All Other segment includes infant care, pet care and miscellaneous other products.

Nu Skin Enterprises Company Profile

Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. is a direct selling company that develops and distributes personal care products and nutritional supplements, and a range of other products and services. The Company offers anti-aging personal care products and nutritional supplements under its Nu Skin and Pharmanex brands. The Nu Skin brand offers a range of products, including ageLOC Me customized skin care system, ageLOC Spa systems and ageLOC Transformation anti-aging skin care system. The Pharmanex product line includes ageLOC Youth nutritional supplement, ageLOC TR90 weight management and body shaping system, and LifePak nutritional supplements. The Company has operations in various geographic regions, including Greater China, North Asia, Americas, South Asia/Pacific, and Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). It is focused on offering ageLOC Youth nutritional supplement and ageLOC Me personalized skin care system. The Company also offers household products and technology services.

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