Cott Corporation (NYSE: COT) and Intersections (NASDAQ:INTX) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitabiliy, earnings, risk, valuation, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Cott Corporation and Intersections’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cott Corporation $3.43 billion 0.64 $369.20 million ($1.03) -15.25
Intersections $170.46 million 0.56 -$16.46 million ($1.32) -3.02

Cott Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Intersections. Cott Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Intersections, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Cott Corporation and Intersections’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cott Corporation -3.88% 0.53% 0.12%
Intersections -18.19% -217.62% -50.50%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Cott Corporation and Intersections, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cott Corporation 0 2 4 0 2.67
Intersections 0 0 0 0 N/A

Cott Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $17.04, indicating a potential upside of 8.48%. Given Cott Corporation’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Cott Corporation is more favorable than Intersections.

Volatility and Risk

Cott Corporation has a beta of 0.78, meaning that its stock price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Intersections has a beta of 0.64, meaning that its stock price is 36% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

27.5% of Intersections shares are held by institutional investors. 2.1% of Cott Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 67.0% of Intersections shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Cott Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Intersections does not pay a dividend. Cott Corporation pays out -23.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Cott Corporation beats Intersections on 12 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Cott Corporation

Cott Corp is a Canada-based company, which along with its subsidiaries, is engaged in production of beverages on behalf of retailers, brand owners and distributors. The Company operates through five operating segments: Water & Coffee Solutions; Cott North America; Cott United Kingdom (Cott U.K.), Royal Crown International (RCI) and Mexico. Water & Coffee Solutions segment provides direct-to-consumer products, such as bottled water, coffee, brewed tea, water dispensers, coffee and tea brewers, and filtration equipment. Its traditional business consists of its Cott North America, Cott U.K. and All Other segments. Its traditional business produces products, including carbonated soft drinks, shelf stable juice and juice-based products, clear, still and sparkling flavored waters, energy drinks and shots, sports drinks, new age beverages, ready-to liquid enhancers, freezables, hot chocolate, creamers/whiteners, cereals and beverage concentrates directly or through third-party manufacturers.

About Intersections

Intersections Inc. uses data to enable consumers reduce risk through subscription services. The Company’s operating segments include Personal Information Services, Insurance and Other Consumer Services, and Bail Bonds Industry Solutions. The Company’s Personal Information Services business segment focuses on helping consumers understand, monitor, manage and protect against the risks associated with third parties misusing their personal information and violating their privacy. The Company’s Insurance and Other Consumer Services business segment focuses on helping consumers use insurance and other services to manage various personal risks and achieve personal goals. The Company’s Bail Bonds Industry Solutions business segment focuses on automating the bail bonds industry. The Company offers IDENTITY GUARD portfolio of services. The Company’s insurance products are sold and administered pursuant to contracts with insurance companies.

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