Fresh Del Monte Produce (NYSE: FDP) and Adecoagro (NYSE:AGRO) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, profitabiliy, institutional ownership and valuation.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

67.8% of Fresh Del Monte Produce shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 57.7% of Adecoagro shares are owned by institutional investors. 36.9% of Fresh Del Monte Produce shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

Fresh Del Monte Produce has a beta of 0.4, meaning that its stock price is 60% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Adecoagro has a beta of 1.03, meaning that its stock price is 3% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Fresh Del Monte Produce and Adecoagro’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Fresh Del Monte Produce $4.03 billion 0.64 $310.40 million $3.67 13.67
Adecoagro $913.84 million 1.32 $285.23 million $0.04 250.06

Fresh Del Monte Produce has higher revenue and earnings than Adecoagro. Fresh Del Monte Produce is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Adecoagro, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Fresh Del Monte Produce and Adecoagro, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Fresh Del Monte Produce 0 0 1 0 3.00
Adecoagro 0 0 0 0 N/A

Fresh Del Monte Produce currently has a consensus target price of $74.00, indicating a potential upside of 47.50%. Given Fresh Del Monte Produce’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Fresh Del Monte Produce is more favorable than Adecoagro.


This table compares Fresh Del Monte Produce and Adecoagro’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Fresh Del Monte Produce 4.71% 11.34% 7.88%
Adecoagro 0.61% 0.83% 0.36%


Fresh Del Monte Produce pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Adecoagro does not pay a dividend. Fresh Del Monte Produce pays out 16.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


Fresh Del Monte Produce beats Adecoagro on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Fresh Del Monte Produce Company Profile

Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in sourcing, transportation and marketing of fresh and fresh-cut produce together with prepared food products in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Its operations are aggregated into business segments on the basis of its products: bananas, other fresh produce and prepared food. It sources its fresh produced products, such as bananas, pineapples, melons, tomatoes, grapes, apples, pears, peaches, plums, nectarines, cherries, citrus, avocados, blueberries and kiwi from Central and South America, Africa, the Philippines, North America and Europe. It sources its prepared food products from Africa, Europe and the Middle East. It distributes its products in North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and South America. It markets its products under the DEL MONTE brand, as well as under other brands, including UTC, Rosy, Fruit Express, Just Juice, Fruitini and other regional brands.

Adecoagro Company Profile

Adecoagro S.A. is a holding company. The Company is involved in a range of businesses, including farming crops and other agricultural products, dairy operations, sugar, ethanol and energy production and land transformation. The Company is organized into three main lines of business: farming; land transformation, and sugar, ethanol and energy. Its agricultural activities consist of harvesting certain agricultural products, including crops, rough rice and sugarcane, for sale to third parties and for internal use as inputs in its various manufacturing processes, and producing raw milk. Its manufacturing activities consist of selling manufactured products, including processed rice, sugar, ethanol and energy, among others, and providing services, such as grain warehousing and conditioning and handling and drying services, among others. The Company’s land transformation activities consist of the acquisition of farmlands or businesses with underdeveloped or underutilized agricultural land.

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