J & J Snack Foods Corp. (NASDAQ: JJSF) and Diamond Foods (NASDAQ:DMND) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, dividends, profitabiliy, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for J & J Snack Foods Corp. and Diamond Foods, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
J & J Snack Foods Corp. 0 2 0 0 2.00
Diamond Foods 0 0 0 0 N/A

J & J Snack Foods Corp. presently has a consensus target price of $127.50, suggesting a potential downside of 1.45%. Given J & J Snack Foods Corp.’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe J & J Snack Foods Corp. is more favorable than Diamond Foods.

Profitability

This table compares J & J Snack Foods Corp. and Diamond Foods’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
J & J Snack Foods Corp. 7.60% 12.02% 9.67%
Diamond Foods 3.46% 10.01% 2.50%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares J & J Snack Foods Corp. and Diamond Foods’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
J & J Snack Foods Corp. $1.01 billion 2.40 $155.37 million $4.11 31.48
Diamond Foods N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

J & J Snack Foods Corp. has higher revenue and earnings than Diamond Foods.

Dividends

J & J Snack Foods Corp. pays an annual dividend of $1.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. Diamond Foods does not pay a dividend. J & J Snack Foods Corp. pays out 40.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Diamond Foods has increased its dividend for 12 consecutive years.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

68.0% of J & J Snack Foods Corp. shares are held by institutional investors. 21.0% of J & J Snack Foods Corp. shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

J & J Snack Foods Corp. beats Diamond Foods on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About J & J Snack Foods Corp.

J & J Snack Foods Corp. is a manufacturer, marketer and distributor of a range of snack foods and beverages for the food service and retail supermarket industries. The Company operates in three business segments: Food Service, Retail Supermarkets and Frozen Beverages. Its portfolio of products includes soft pretzels, frozen beverages, frozen juice treats and desserts, stuffed sandwiches, burritos, churros, fruit pies, funnel cakes, cookies and bakery goods, and other snack foods and drinks. Its principal snack food products are soft pretzels marketed primarily under brand names SUPERPRETZEL and BAVARIAN BAKERY; frozen juice treats and desserts marketed primarily under LUIGI’S, WHOLE FRUIT, ICEE, PHILLY SWIRL and MINUTE MAID brand names; churros marketed primarily under the TIO PEPE’S, CALIFORNIA CHURROS and OREO brand names, and bakery products sold primarily under the READI-BAKE, COUNTRY HOME, MARY B’S and DADDY RAY’S brand names, as well as for private label and contract packing.

About Diamond Foods

Diamond Foods, Inc. is a United States-based snack food and culinary nut company. The Company’s product lines include Potato Chips, Snack Nuts, Popcorn, Inshell Nuts and Culinary Nuts. It sells its products under five brand names: Diamond of California, Kettle Brand, Kettle Chips, Emerald and Pop Secret. Its potato chips are sold under the Kettle Brand label in the United States and Kettle Chips brand in the United Kingdom, which are made with blends of all natural seasonings and cooked in small batches in oils. Its product line also includes better-for-you Kettle Brand Baked Potato Chips, which are available in approximately five flavors. Snack Nuts are sold under the Emerald brand. It offers popcorn in both natural kernels and various flavors of microwave popcorn. Its inshell nuts are sold under the Diamond of California brand. Its culinary nuts are sold under the Diamond of California brand offering a source of nuts for salads, vegetables, pastas and baked goods.

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