B&G Foods (NYSE: BGS) and Ingredion (NYSE:CPO) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings, risk, dividends, institutional ownership and profitabiliy.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

89.0% of B&G Foods shares are held by institutional investors. 2.2% of B&G Foods shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for B&G Foods and Ingredion, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
B&G Foods 0 6 1 0 2.14
Ingredion 0 0 0 0 N/A

B&G Foods presently has a consensus price target of $46.75, suggesting a potential upside of 27.73%.

Dividends

B&G Foods pays an annual dividend of $1.86 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.1%. Ingredion does not pay a dividend. B&G Foods pays out 111.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Ingredion has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
B&G Foods 7.49% 17.41% 4.55%
Ingredion 8.74% 19.32% 8.80%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares B&G Foods and Ingredion’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
B&G Foods $1.46 billion 1.67 $325.40 million $1.67 21.92
Ingredion N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

B&G Foods has higher revenue and earnings than Ingredion.

About B&G Foods

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.

About Ingredion

Ingredion Incorporated is an ingredients solutions provider. The Company manufactures and sells sweetener, starches, nutrition ingredients and biomaterial solutions derived from the wet milling and processing of corn and other starch-based materials to a range of industries, both domestically and internationally. It operates through four segments: North America, South America, Asia Pacific, and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). It turns corn, tapioca, potatoes, and other vegetables and fruits into ingredients and biomaterials for the food, beverage, paper and corrugating, brewing and other industries. Its product line includes animal feed products and edible corn oil. Its sweetener products include glucose syrups, high maltose syrup, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), caramel color, dextrose, polyols, maltodextrins and glucose and syrup solids. Its starch-based products include both food-grade and industrial starches, and biomaterials. It also offers specialty ingredients.

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