Inventure Foods (NASDAQ: SNAK) is one of 50 public companies in the “Food Processing” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Inventure Foods to similar companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, valuation and risk.

Profitability

This table compares Inventure Foods and its peers’ 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%
Inventure Foods Competitors 4.08% 11.36% 4.77%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Inventure Foods and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Inventure Foods $255.01 million $3.31 million -2.37
Inventure Foods Competitors $8.38 billion $1.05 billion 22.36

Inventure Foods’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than Inventure Foods. Inventure Foods is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

71.7% of Inventure Foods shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.6% of shares of all “Food Processing” companies are owned by institutional investors. 6.4% of Inventure Foods shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 12.2% of shares of all “Food Processing” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Inventure Foods has a beta of 0.92, indicating that its share price is 8% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Inventure Foods’ peers have a beta of 0.72, indicating that their average share price is 28% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Inventure Foods and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Inventure Foods 0 1 0 0 2.00
Inventure Foods Competitors 265 1500 1856 53 2.46

Inventure Foods currently has a consensus target price of $8.00, suggesting a potential upside of 50.38%. As a group, “Food Processing” companies have a potential downside of 1.73%. Given Inventure Foods’ higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Inventure Foods is more favorable than its peers.

Summary

Inventure Foods peers beat Inventure Foods on 9 of the 12 factors compared.

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.

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