Coca-Cola Company (The) (NYSE: KO) and SodaStream International (NASDAQ:SODA) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, profitabiliy, analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings and dividends.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

63.9% of Coca-Cola Company (The) shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 44.9% of SodaStream International shares are held by institutional investors. 1.5% of Coca-Cola Company (The) shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

Coca-Cola Company (The) has a beta of 0.69, suggesting that its stock price is 31% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SodaStream International has a beta of 1.19, suggesting that its stock price is 19% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Coca-Cola Company (The) and SodaStream International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Coca-Cola Company (The) 15.30% 33.17% 8.99%
SodaStream International 10.83% 13.96% 11.17%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Coca-Cola Company (The) and SodaStream International’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Coca-Cola Company (The) $40.70 billion 4.70 $11.24 billion $1.43 31.28
SodaStream International $490.48 million 2.45 $80.58 million $2.43 22.92

Coca-Cola Company (The) has higher revenue and earnings than SodaStream International. SodaStream International is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Coca-Cola Company (The), indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Coca-Cola Company (The) and SodaStream International, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Coca-Cola Company (The) 2 13 7 0 2.23
SodaStream International 0 4 0 0 2.00

Coca-Cola Company (The) currently has a consensus target price of $44.82, suggesting a potential upside of 0.20%. SodaStream International has a consensus target price of $44.00, suggesting a potential downside of 20.99%. Given Coca-Cola Company (The)’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Coca-Cola Company (The) is more favorable than SodaStream International.


Coca-Cola Company (The) pays an annual dividend of $1.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.3%. SodaStream International does not pay a dividend. Coca-Cola Company (The) pays out 103.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. SodaStream International has raised its dividend for 54 consecutive years.


Coca-Cola Company (The) beats SodaStream International on 12 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Coca-Cola Company (The)

The Coca-Cola Company is a beverage company. The Company owns or licenses and markets non-alcoholic beverage brands, primarily sparkling beverages and a range of still beverages, such as waters, flavored waters and enhanced waters, juices and juice drinks, ready-to-drink teas and coffees, sports drinks, dairy and energy drinks. The Company’s segments include Europe, Middle East and Africa; Latin America; North America; Asia Pacific; Bottling Investments, and Corporate. The Company owns and markets a range of non-alcoholic sparkling beverage brands, including Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Fanta and Sprite. The Company owns or licenses and markets over 500 non-alcoholic beverage brands. The Company markets, manufactures and sells beverage concentrates, which are referred to as beverage bases, and syrups, including fountain syrups, and finished sparkling and still beverages.

About SodaStream International

SodaStream International Ltd. is a sparkling water company. The Company manufactures, distributes and sells home beverage carbonation systems, which enable consumers to transform ordinary tap water into sparkling water and flavored sparkling water. The Company’s segments include The Americas, Western Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEMEA). The Americas segment consists of the United States, Canada and other markets in North America, Central America and South America, which are influenced by the consumption culture of the United States. The Western Europe segment consists of its markets in Western and Northern Europe, which are characterized by high price levels. Its Asia-Pacific segment consists of its markets in Australia and New Zealand, together with other markets in East Asia, including Japan and South Korea. The CEMEA segment consists of its markets in Central and Eastern Europe, Israel and South Africa.

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