Dean Foods (NYSE: DF) and Inventure Foods (NASDAQ:SNAK) are both small-cap non-cyclical consumer goods & services companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, risk, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Dean Foods and Inventure Foods’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Dean Foods $7.71 billion 0.11 $119.92 million $0.34 27.79
Inventure Foods $269.01 million 0.29 -$30.24 million ($1.93) -2.07

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Dean Foods and Inventure Foods, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Dean Foods 2 5 4 0 2.18
Inventure Foods 0 1 0 0 2.00

Dean Foods presently has a consensus target price of $13.06, suggesting a potential upside of 38.15%. Given Dean Foods’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Dean Foods is more favorable than Inventure Foods.


This table compares Dean Foods and Inventure Foods’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Dean Foods 0.53% 14.04% 3.35%
Inventure Foods -19.95% N/A -20.97%


Dean Foods pays an annual dividend of $0.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.8%. Inventure Foods does not pay a dividend. Dean Foods pays out 105.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Risk & Volatility

Dean Foods has a beta of 0.39, indicating that its share price is 61% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Inventure Foods has a beta of 0.93, indicating that its share price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

94.5% of Dean Foods shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.3% of Inventure Foods shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.2% of Dean Foods shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 6.4% of Inventure Foods shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


Dean Foods beats Inventure Foods on 12 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Dean Foods

Dean Foods Company is a food and beverage company. The Company processes and distributes fluid milk, and other dairy and dairy case products in the United States. It is engaged in manufacturing, marketing, selling and distributing a range of branded and private label dairy and dairy case products. It offers branded and private label dairy case products, including fluid milk, ice cream, cultured dairy products, creamers, ice cream mix and other dairy products to retailers, distributors, foodservice outlets, educational institutions and governmental entities across the United States. It also offers juices, teas and bottled water. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had over 50 national, regional and local dairy brands, as well as private labels. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s national, local and regional licensed brands included Alta Dena, Hygeia, PET, Arctic Splash, Jilbert, Pog, Barbers Dairy, Purity, Berkeley Farms, Land-O-Sun & design and ReadyLeaf, Broughton.

About Inventure Foods

Inventure Foods, Inc. is a marketer and manufacturer of healthy/natural and indulgent specialty snack food brands. The Company operates in the snack products segment. 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 Snack Products segment’s brands include Boulder Canyon, Nathan’s Famous, T.G.I. Friday’s, Poore Brothers, and Bob’s Texas Style.

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