Amplify Snack Brands, inc. (NYSE: BETR) and Diamond Foods (NASDAQ:DMND) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, profitabiliy and analyst recommendations.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

93.9% of Amplify Snack Brands, inc. shares are owned by institutional investors. 57.4% of Amplify Snack Brands, inc. shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Amplify Snack Brands, inc. and Diamond Foods’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Amplify Snack Brands, inc. $303.68 million 2.46 $78.64 million $0.26 38.73
Diamond Foods N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Amplify Snack Brands, inc. has higher revenue and earnings than Diamond Foods.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Amplify Snack Brands, inc. and Diamond Foods, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Amplify Snack Brands, inc. 0 5 3 0 2.38
Diamond Foods 0 0 0 0 N/A

Amplify Snack Brands, inc. currently has a consensus target price of $15.31, indicating a potential upside of 52.06%. Given Amplify Snack Brands, inc.’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Amplify Snack Brands, inc. is more favorable than Diamond Foods.

Profitability

This table compares Amplify Snack Brands, inc. and Diamond Foods’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Amplify Snack Brands, inc. 6.39% 47.40% 3.25%
Diamond Foods 3.46% 10.01% 2.50%

Summary

Amplify Snack Brands, inc. beats Diamond Foods on 8 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Amplify Snack Brands, inc.

Amplify Snack Brands, Inc. is a snack food company focused on developing and marketing products that appeal to consumers’ growing preference for better-for-you (BFY) snacks. The Company’s segments are North America and International. The North America and International segments both operate in the snack food category and whose brands and products are offered in the natural and conventional grocery, drug, convenience, food service, club, mass merchandise and other channels. Its anchor brand, SkinnyPop, is a BFY ready-to-eat (RTE) popcorn brand. The Company’s products consist of its brand, SkinnyPop, in addition to Tyrrells, Paqui, Oatmega, Thomas Chipman, the Wholesome Food Company and Lisa’s Chips. As of December 31, 2016, SkinnyPop started with three core ingredients: popcorn, sunflower oil and salt. The SkinnyPop portfolio consisted of six flavors: Original, White Cheddar flavor, Sea Salt & Pepper, Naturally Sweet, Jalapeno and Dusted Dark Chocolate flavor, as of December 31, 2016.

About Diamond Foods

Diamond Foods, Inc. is a United States-based snack food and culinary nut company. The Company’s product lines include Potato Chips, Snack Nuts, Popcorn, Inshell Nuts and Culinary Nuts. It sells its products under five brand names: Diamond of California, Kettle Brand, Kettle Chips, Emerald and Pop Secret. Its potato chips are sold under the Kettle Brand label in the United States and Kettle Chips brand in the United Kingdom, which are made with blends of all natural seasonings and cooked in small batches in oils. Its product line also includes better-for-you Kettle Brand Baked Potato Chips, which are available in approximately five flavors. Snack Nuts are sold under the Emerald brand. It offers popcorn in both natural kernels and various flavors of microwave popcorn. Its inshell nuts are sold under the Diamond of California brand. Its culinary nuts are sold under the Diamond of California brand offering a source of nuts for salads, vegetables, pastas and baked goods.

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