Inventure Foods (NASDAQ: SNAK) and B&G Foods (NYSE:BGS) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, risk, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Inventure Foods and B&G Foods, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Inventure Foods 0 1 0 0 2.00
B&G Foods 0 4 4 0 2.50

Inventure Foods currently has a consensus target price of $8.00, indicating a potential upside of 57.48%. B&G Foods has a consensus target price of $41.50, indicating a potential upside of 27.69%. Given Inventure Foods’ higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Inventure Foods is more favorable than B&G Foods.

Dividends

B&G Foods pays an annual dividend of $1.86 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.7%. Inventure Foods does not pay a dividend. B&G Foods pays out 122.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. B&G Foods has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Inventure Foods and B&G Foods’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Inventure Foods $255.01 million 0.39 $3.31 million ($2.24) -2.27
B&G Foods $1.52 billion 1.42 $317.39 million $1.52 21.38

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

Profitability

This table compares Inventure Foods and B&G Foods’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Inventure Foods -19.06% -38.89% -5.30%
B&G Foods 6.64% 15.43% 4.05%

Volatility & Risk

Inventure Foods has a beta of 0.92, meaning that its stock price is 8% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, B&G Foods has a beta of 0.11, meaning that its stock price is 89% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

71.7% of Inventure Foods shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 90.4% of B&G Foods shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.4% of Inventure Foods shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.1% of B&G Foods shares are owned by 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

B&G Foods beats Inventure Foods on 12 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Inventure Foods Company Profile

Inventure Foods, Inc. is a marketer and manufacturer of healthy/natural and indulgent specialty snack food brands. The Company operates in two segments: frozen products and snack products. The frozen products segment produces frozen fruits, vegetables, beverages and frozen desserts for sale primarily to groceries, club stores and mass merchandisers. The snack products segment produces potato chips, kettle chips, potato crisps, potato skins, pellet snacks, sheeted dough products and extruded products for sale primarily to snack food distributors and retailers. The products sold under its snack products segment includes products considered part of the indulgent specialty snack food category, as well as products considered part of the healthy/natural food category. Its Frozen Products segment’s brands include Rader Farms and Jamba. Its Snack Products segment’s brands include Boulder Canyon, Nathan’s Famous, T.G.I. Friday’s, Poore Brothers, Bob’s Texas Style and Vidalia.

B&G Foods Company Profile

B&G Foods, Inc. (B&G Foods) is a holding company. The Company manufactures, sells and distributes a portfolio of shelf-stable and frozen foods across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Its products include frozen and canned vegetables, hot cereals, fruit spreads, canned meats and beans, bagel chips, spices, seasonings, hot sauces, wine vinegar, maple syrup, molasses, salad dressings, pizza crusts, Mexican-style sauces, dry soups, taco shells and kits, salsas, pickles, peppers, tomato-based products, puffed corn and rice snacks, nut clusters and other specialty products. Its products are marketed under various brands, including Ac’cent, B&G, B&M, Baker’s Joy, Bear Creek Country Kitchens, Brer Rabbit, Canoleo, Cary’s, Cream of Rice, Cream of Wheat, Devonsheer, Don Pepino, Durkee, New York Style, Old London, Original Tings, Ortega, Spice Islands, Spring Tree, Static Guard, Sugar Twin, Tone’s, Trappey’s, TrueNorth, Underwood, Vermont Maid, Victoria, Weber and Wright’s.

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