MWI Veterinary Supply (NASDAQ: MWIV) and AmerisourceBergen Corporation (Holding Co) (NYSE:ABC) are both non-cyclical consumer goods & services companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitabiliy, analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, risk and institutional ownership.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares MWI Veterinary Supply and AmerisourceBergen Corporation (Holding Co)’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
MWI Veterinary Supply N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
AmerisourceBergen Corporation (Holding Co) $149.76 billion 0.14 $2.34 billion $5.17 17.93

AmerisourceBergen Corporation (Holding Co) has higher revenue and earnings than MWI Veterinary Supply.

Dividends

AmerisourceBergen Corporation (Holding Co) pays an annual dividend of $1.46 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. MWI Veterinary Supply does not pay a dividend. AmerisourceBergen Corporation (Holding Co) pays out 28.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. AmerisourceBergen Corporation (Holding Co) has raised its dividend for 12 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares MWI Veterinary Supply and AmerisourceBergen Corporation (Holding Co)’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
MWI Veterinary Supply 2.51% 15.74% 7.86%
AmerisourceBergen Corporation (Holding Co) 0.77% 60.21% 3.89%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for MWI Veterinary Supply and AmerisourceBergen Corporation (Holding Co), as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
MWI Veterinary Supply 0 0 0 0 N/A
AmerisourceBergen Corporation (Holding Co) 0 7 6 0 2.46

AmerisourceBergen Corporation (Holding Co) has a consensus target price of $94.21, suggesting a potential upside of 1.62%. Given AmerisourceBergen Corporation (Holding Co)’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe AmerisourceBergen Corporation (Holding Co) is more favorable than MWI Veterinary Supply.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

69.1% of AmerisourceBergen Corporation (Holding Co) shares are held by institutional investors. 27.4% of AmerisourceBergen Corporation (Holding Co) shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

AmerisourceBergen Corporation (Holding Co) beats MWI Veterinary Supply on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

MWI Veterinary Supply Company Profile

MWI Veterinary Supply, Inc. (MWI) is a distributor of animal health products to veterinarians across the United States of America and United Kingdom. MWI sells both companion animal and production animal products including pharmaceuticals, vaccines, parasiticides, diagnostics, micro feed ingredients, supplies, pet food, capital equipment and nutritional products. MWI also offers customers a variety of value-added services, including its e-commerce platform, technology management systems, pharmacy fulfillment, inventory management system, equipment procurement consultation, special order fulfillment, educational seminars and pet cremation. As of September 30, 2014, the Company operates 23 distribution centers located across the United States and one distribution center in the United Kingdom.

AmerisourceBergen Corporation (Holding Co) Company Profile

AmerisourceBergen Corporation is a pharmaceutical sourcing and distribution services company. The Company’s segments include Pharmaceutical Distribution and Other. The Company provides services to healthcare providers, and pharmaceutical and biotech manufacturers. As of June 30, 2016, the Pharmaceutical Distribution segment consists of two operating segments, including the operations of AmerisourceBergen Drug Corporation (ABDC) and AmerisourceBergen Specialty Group (ABSG), which distributes specialty drugs to their customers. Servicing healthcare providers in the pharmaceutical supply channel, the Pharmaceutical Distribution segment’s operations provide drug distribution and related services. The Other segment consists of the operations of various segments, including the AmerisourceBergen Consulting Services (ABCS), the World Courier Group, Inc. and the MWI Veterinary Supply, Inc. ABSG operates distribution facilities that focus primarily on complex disease treatment regimens.

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