United Natural Foods (NASDAQ: UNFI) and Boulder Brands (NASDAQ:BDBD) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, valuation, profitabiliy and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares United Natural Foods and Boulder Brands’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
United Natural Foods 1.38% 8.21% 4.46%
Boulder Brands 0.61% 0.59% 0.50%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

98.6% of United Natural Foods shares are held by institutional investors. 1.3% of United Natural Foods shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares United Natural Foods and Boulder Brands’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
United Natural Foods $9.15 billion 0.20 $316.02 million $2.49 14.74
Boulder Brands N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

United Natural Foods has higher revenue and earnings than Boulder Brands.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for United Natural Foods and Boulder Brands, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
United Natural Foods 3 8 3 0 2.00
Boulder Brands 0 0 0 0 N/A

United Natural Foods presently has a consensus price target of $40.08, indicating a potential upside of 9.20%. Given United Natural Foods’ higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe United Natural Foods is more favorable than Boulder Brands.

Summary

United Natural Foods beats Boulder Brands on 8 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

United Natural Foods Company Profile

United Natural Foods, Inc. is a distributor and retailer of natural, organic and specialty products. The Company’s segments include Wholesale and Other. The Wholesale segment is engaged in the national distribution of natural, organic and specialty foods, produce and related products in the United States and Canada. The Other segment includes a retail division, which engages in the sale of natural foods and related products to the general public through retail storefronts on the east coast of the United States; a manufacturing division, which engages in importing, roasting and packaging of nuts, seeds, dried fruit and snack items, and its branded product lines. Its operations consist of three operating divisions: Wholesale Division, Retail Division, and Manufacturing and Branded Products divisions. As of July 30, 2016, the Company had offered 100,000 natural, organic and specialty foods, and non-food products, consisting of national, regional and private-label brands.

Boulder Brands Company Profile

Boulder Brands, Inc. is a natural consumer packaged food company. The Company’s health and wellness platform consists of brands that target specific health trends: the Glutino Food Group and Udi’s Healthy Foods, LLC’s Gluten Free brands for gluten free diets; the Earth Balance brand for plant-based diets; the Level Life brand for diabetic diets; EVOL Food branded foods for consumers seeking convenient foods made with pure and simple ingredients, and the Smart Balance brand for heart healthier diets. The Company distributes its products in all retail channels, including natural, grocery, club and mass merchandise. The Company also has a presence in the foodservice and industrial channels. The Company operates in two segments: Natural and Balance. The Natural segment consists of Udi’s, Glutino and EVOL branded products. The Balance segment consists of Smart Balance, Earth Balance and Level Life branded products.

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