Penford Corp (NASDAQ: PENX) is one of 54 public companies in the “Food Processing” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Penford Corp to related companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Penford Corp and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Penford Corp 0 0 0 0 N/A
Penford Corp Competitors 285 1613 1942 53 2.45

As a group, “Food Processing” companies have a potential downside of 4.75%. Given Penford Corp’s peers higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Penford Corp has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Volatility and Risk

Penford Corp has a beta of 0.71, suggesting that its stock price is 29% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Penford Corp’s peers have a beta of 0.70, suggesting that their average stock price is 30% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

61.4% of shares of all “Food Processing” companies are owned by institutional investors. 11.7% of shares of all “Food Processing” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Penford Corp and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Penford Corp 2.06% 8.92% 3.56%
Penford Corp Competitors 4.03% 11.23% 4.57%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Penford Corp and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Penford Corp N/A N/A 26.36
Penford Corp Competitors $10.84 billion $602.95 million 270.47

Penford Corp’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Penford Corp. Penford Corp 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.

Summary

Penford Corp peers beat Penford Corp on 7 of the 8 factors compared.

Penford Corp Company Profile

Penford Corporation (Penford) is a developer, manufacturer and marketer of natural-based ingredient systems for food and industrial applications, including fuel grade ethanol. The Company has research and development capabilities, which are used in understanding the complex chemistry of carbohydrate-based materials and in developing applications to address customer needs. Penford operates in two business segments: Industrial Ingredients and Food Ingredients. Industrial Ingredients segment is a supplier of chemically modified starches to the paper and packaging industries. Industrial Ingredients also produces food grade corn starch for sale by the Company’s Food Ingredients business. Food Ingredients segment is a developer and manufacturer of specialty starches and dextrins to the food manufacturing and food service industries. This business is engaged is in leveraging the inherent characteristics from potato, corn, tapioca and rice to help improve its customers’ product performance.

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