BRF (NYSE: BRFS) and Industrias Bachoco, S.A. de C.V. (NYSE:IBA) are both mid-cap consumer staples companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership and dividends.

Volatility & Risk

BRF has a beta of 0.54, indicating that its stock price is 46% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Industrias Bachoco, S.A. de C.V. has a beta of 0.37, indicating that its stock price is 63% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares BRF and Industrias Bachoco, S.A. de C.V.’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
BRF $10.37 billion 1.11 $875.72 million ($0.34) -42.20
Industrias Bachoco, S.A. de C.V. $3.11 billion 1.03 $447.42 million $4.38 14.58

BRF has higher revenue and earnings than Industrias Bachoco, S.A. de C.V.. BRF is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Industrias Bachoco, S.A. de C.V., indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for BRF and Industrias Bachoco, S.A. de C.V., as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
BRF 0 4 1 0 2.20
Industrias Bachoco, S.A. de C.V. 0 0 0 0 N/A

BRF currently has a consensus price target of $14.00, indicating a potential downside of 2.44%. Given BRF’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe BRF is more favorable than Industrias Bachoco, S.A. de C.V..

Dividends

Industrias Bachoco, S.A. de C.V. pays an annual dividend of $0.82 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. BRF does not pay a dividend. Industrias Bachoco, S.A. de C.V. pays out 18.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

7.9% of BRF shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 3.8% of Industrias Bachoco, S.A. de C.V. shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of BRF shares are held 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.

Profitability

This table compares BRF and Industrias Bachoco, S.A. de C.V.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
BRF -2.80% -7.41% -2.03%
Industrias Bachoco, S.A. de C.V. 7.54% 12.91% 9.16%

Summary

BRF beats Industrias Bachoco, S.A. de C.V. on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

BRF Company Profile

BRF S.A. is a multinational Brazilian company that owns a diverse portfolio of products and is a producer of foods. The Company’s segments include Brazil, Latin America (LATAM), Europe, Middle East and North of Africa (MENA), Asia, Africa and Other Segments. These segments include sales of all distribution channels and operations subdivided in to poultry, pork and other, processed, and other sales. The poultry operations include the production and sale of whole poultry and in-natura cuts. The pork and other operations involve the production and sale of in-natura cuts. The processed operations include the production and sale of processed foods, frozen and processed products derived from poultry, pork and beef, margarine, vegetable and soybean-based products. The other sales operations include the commercialization of flour for food service and others. Other segments include sale of in-natura beef cuts, agricultural products and animal feed.

Industrias Bachoco, S.A. de C.V. Company Profile

Industrias Bachoco, S.A.B. de C.V. (Bachoco) is a holding company. The Company owns and manages over 1,000 facilities, organized in approximately 10 production complexes and over 60 distribution centers in Mexico, and a production complex in the United States. Bachoco operates through two segments: poultry and others. The poultry segment consists of chicken and egg operations. The others segment includes the operations of pigs, balanced feed for animal consumption and other by-products. The Company participates in the food industry in Mexico and in the United States, mainly in the poultry industry. In Mexico, the Company’s core business is poultry (chicken and egg products). It also produces and sells a range of other products, which it refers to as other business lines, which include the production and selling of balanced feed, live swine, beef and turkey products, as well as a laboratory that produces vaccines for the poultry industry and other similar industries.

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