Energizer Holdings (NYSE: EPC) and Avon Products (NYSE:AVP) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares Energizer Holdings and Avon Products’ 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%
Avon Products -0.99% -3.68% -0.23%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Energizer Holdings and Avon Products’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Energizer Holdings $2.34 billion 1.74 $455.30 million $3.55 20.15
Avon Products $5.71 billion 0.18 $385.60 million ($0.19) -12.42

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

Volatility & Risk

Energizer Holdings has a beta of 0.94, indicating that its stock price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Avon Products has a beta of 1.85, indicating that its stock price is 85% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Energizer Holdings and Avon Products, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Energizer Holdings 0 3 4 0 2.57
Avon Products 1 5 0 0 1.83

Energizer Holdings presently has a consensus price target of $86.83, indicating a potential upside of 21.36%. Avon Products has a consensus price target of $3.62, indicating a potential upside of 53.25%. Given Avon Products’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Avon Products is more favorable than Energizer Holdings.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

89.3% of Energizer Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 84.2% of Avon Products shares are held by institutional investors. 0.6% of Energizer Holdings shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.3% of Avon Products shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Energizer Holdings beats Avon Products on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Energizer Holdings

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.

About Avon Products

Avon Products, Inc. is a manufacturer and marketer of beauty and related products. The Company’s segments include Europe, Middle East & Africa; South Latin America; North Latin America, and Asia Pacific. Its product categories are Beauty, and Fashion and Home. Beauty consists of skincare (which includes personal care), fragrance and color (cosmetics). Fashion and Home consists of fashion jewelry, watches, apparel, footwear, accessories, gift and decorative products, housewares, entertainment and leisure products, children’s products and nutritional products. The Company’s products include Anew Ultimate Supreme Advanced Performance Creme, Anew Vitale Visible Perfection Blurring Treatment, Big & Multiplied Volume Mascara, Avon True Perfectly Matte Lipstick, Avon Life for Him and for Her Fragrances, Far Away Infinity Fragrance and Avon Nutra Effects body collection with Active Seed Complex. The Company primarily sells its products to the consumer through the direct-selling channel.

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