DAVIDsTEA (NASDAQ: DTEA) and United Natural Foods (NASDAQ:UNFI) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends, earnings and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for DAVIDsTEA and United Natural Foods, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
DAVIDsTEA 1 3 0 0 1.75
United Natural Foods 4 9 5 0 2.06

DAVIDsTEA presently has a consensus price target of $6.75, suggesting a potential upside of 58.82%. United Natural Foods has a consensus price target of $42.25, suggesting a potential upside of 1.59%. Given DAVIDsTEA’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe DAVIDsTEA is more favorable than United Natural Foods.

Profitability

This table compares DAVIDsTEA and United Natural Foods’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
DAVIDsTEA -3.98% 1.51% 1.19%
United Natural Foods 1.40% 8.10% 4.50%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

16.8% of DAVIDsTEA shares are held by institutional investors. 1.3% of United Natural Foods shares are held by 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

DAVIDsTEA has a beta of 0.86, indicating that its stock price is 14% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, United Natural Foods has a beta of 1.39, indicating that its stock price is 39% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares DAVIDsTEA and United Natural Foods’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
DAVIDsTEA N/A N/A N/A ($0.26) -16.35
United Natural Foods $9.27 billion 0.23 $318.94 million $2.56 16.25

United Natural Foods has higher revenue and earnings than DAVIDsTEA. DAVIDsTEA is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than United Natural Foods, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

United Natural Foods beats DAVIDsTEA on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About DAVIDsTEA

DAVIDsTEA Inc. is engaged in the retail and online sale of tea, tea accessories, and food and beverages in Canada and in the United States. The Company’s segments include Canada and the U.S. The Company is a branded retailer of specialty tea, offering approximately 150 loose-leaf teas, pre-packaged teas, tea sachets and tea-related gifts, accessories, and food and beverages primarily through approximately 190 DAVIDsTEA stores, which are operated by the Company, and its Website, davidstea.com. Additionally, the Company offers on-the-go tea beverages in its retail stores. The Company’s tea accessories include tea mugs, travel mugs, teacup sets, teapots, tea makers, kettles, infusers, filters, frothers, tins and spoons. The Company offers beverages range from the standard hot or iced tea to its Tea Lattes. The Company’s different flavors of loose-leaf tea span eight tea categories: white, green, oolong, black, pu’erh, mate, rooibos and herbal tea.

About United Natural Foods

United Natural Foods, Inc. is a distributor and retailer of natural, organic and specialty products. The Company’s segments include Wholesale and Other. The Wholesale segment is engaged in the national distribution of natural, organic and specialty foods, produce and related products in the United States and Canada. The Other segment includes a retail division, which engages in the sale of natural foods and related products to the general public through retail storefronts on the east coast of the United States; a manufacturing division, which engages in importing, roasting and packaging of nuts, seeds, dried fruit and snack items, and its branded product lines. Its operations consist of three operating divisions: Wholesale Division, Retail Division, and Manufacturing and Branded Products divisions. As of July 30, 2016, the Company had offered 100,000 natural, organic and specialty foods, and non-food products, consisting of national, regional and private-label brands.

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