The Kraft Heinz (NASDAQ: KHC) and MGP Ingredients (NASDAQ:MGPI) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, profitabiliy, dividends, valuation and institutional ownership.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares The Kraft Heinz and MGP Ingredients’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
The Kraft Heinz $26.28 billion 4.03 $8.40 billion $3.13 27.80
MGP Ingredients $328.60 million 2.97 $49.94 million $1.90 30.72

The Kraft Heinz has higher revenue and earnings than MGP Ingredients. The Kraft Heinz is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than MGP Ingredients, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk and Volatility

The Kraft Heinz has a beta of 0.44, indicating that its stock price is 56% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, MGP Ingredients has a beta of 1.01, indicating that its stock price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for The Kraft Heinz and MGP Ingredients, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
The Kraft Heinz 0 4 11 0 2.73
MGP Ingredients 0 1 1 0 2.50

The Kraft Heinz currently has a consensus target price of $98.08, suggesting a potential upside of 12.71%. MGP Ingredients has a consensus target price of $66.00, suggesting a potential upside of 13.09%. Given MGP Ingredients’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe MGP Ingredients is more favorable than The Kraft Heinz.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

62.0% of The Kraft Heinz shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 97.7% of MGP Ingredients shares are held by institutional investors. 26.9% of The Kraft Heinz shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 23.5% of MGP Ingredients shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares The Kraft Heinz and MGP Ingredients’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
The Kraft Heinz 14.67% 7.52% 3.62%
MGP Ingredients 9.33% 21.30% 13.83%

Dividends

The Kraft Heinz pays an annual dividend of $2.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.8%. MGP Ingredients pays an annual dividend of $0.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.3%. The Kraft Heinz pays out 76.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. MGP Ingredients pays out 8.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

The Kraft Heinz beats MGP Ingredients on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About The Kraft Heinz

The Kraft Heinz Company is a food and beverage company. The Company is engaged in the manufacturing and marketing of food and beverage products, including condiments and sauces, cheese and dairy, meals, meats, refreshment beverages, coffee and other grocery products. The Company’s segments include the United States, Canada and Europe. The Company’s remaining businesses are combined as Rest of World. The Rest of World consists of Latin America and Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA). The Company provides products for various occasions whether at home, in restaurants or on the go. The Company’s brands include Heinz, Kraft, Oscar Mayer, Philadelphia, Planters, Velveeta, Lunchables, Maxwell House, Capri Sun, and Ore-Ida. The Company’s products are sold through its own sales organizations and through independent brokers, agents and distributors to chain, wholesale, cooperative and independent grocery accounts, convenience stores, drug stores, value stores, bakeries and pharmacies.

About MGP Ingredients

MGP Ingredients, Inc. is a producer and supplier of distilled spirits, and specialty wheat protein and starch food ingredients. The Company’s distilled spirits include bourbon and rye whiskeys, and grain neutral spirits, including vodka and gin. The Company’s segments include distillery products and ingredient solutions. The distillery products segment consists of food grade alcohol and distillery co-products, such as distillers feed and fuel grade alcohol. The ingredient solutions segment consists of specialty starches and proteins, commodity starches and commodity proteins. The distillery products segment also includes warehouse services, including barrel put away, barrel storage, and barrel retrieval services. It is also a producer of industrial alcohol for use in both food and non-food applications. The Company’s distillery products are derived from corn and other grains (including rye, barley, wheat, barley malt and milo), and its ingredient products are derived from wheat flour.

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