Lifetime Brands (NASDAQ: LCUT) and Jarden Corp (NYSE:JAH) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitabiliy, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends and valuation.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

57.5% of Lifetime Brands shares are owned by institutional investors. 21.8% of Lifetime Brands shares are owned 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.

Profitability

This table compares Lifetime Brands and Jarden Corp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Lifetime Brands 2.05% 7.67% 3.64%
Jarden Corp N/A N/A N/A

Dividends

Lifetime Brands pays an annual dividend of $0.17 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Jarden Corp does not pay a dividend. Lifetime Brands pays out 20.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Lifetime Brands and Jarden Corp, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Lifetime Brands 0 0 1 0 3.00
Jarden Corp 0 0 0 0 N/A

Lifetime Brands presently has a consensus target price of $19.00, suggesting a potential downside of 0.78%. Given Lifetime Brands’ higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Lifetime Brands is more favorable than Jarden Corp.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Lifetime Brands and Jarden Corp’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Lifetime Brands $595.05 million 0.47 $46.06 million $0.82 23.35
Jarden Corp N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Lifetime Brands has higher revenue and earnings than Jarden Corp.

Summary

Lifetime Brands beats Jarden Corp on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Lifetime Brands Company Profile

Lifetime Brands, Inc. designs, sources and sells branded kitchenware, tableware and other products used in the home. The Company operates through three segments: U.S. Wholesale, International and Retail Direct. In the U.S. Wholesale segment, the Company designs, markets and distributes its products to retailers and distributors. In the International segment, the Company includes certain business operations that are conducted outside the United States. In the Retail Direct segment, it markets and sells a limited selection of its products through its Pfaltzgraff, Mikasa, Built NY, Fred & Friends and Lifetime Sterling Internet Websites. Its product categories include two categories of products that people use to prepare, serve and consume foods: including Kitchenware (kitchen tools and gadgets, cutting boards and bakeware) and Tableware (stemware, flatware and giftware). Its Home Solutions category includes other products used in the home (thermal beverageware and food storage).

Jarden Corp Company Profile

Jarden Corporation (Jarden) is a consumer products company. The Company operates in three primary business segments: Branded Consumables, Consumer Solutions and Outdoor Solutions. The Branded Consumables segment manufactures or sources, markets and distributes branded consumer products. The Consumer Solutions segment manufactures or sources, markets, and distributes household products. The Outdoor Solutions segment manufactures or sources, markets and distributes consumer active lifestyle products. The Company distributes its products through club stores; craft stores; direct-to-consumer channels, consisting of company Websites, department stores, drugstores, grocery retailers, home improvement stores, mass merchandisers and online; specialty retailers, and wholesalers, as well as Yankee Candle retail stores. The Company manufactures products at facilities in China, Europe, Latin America and North America, as well as through third-party sourcing, primarily in Asia.

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