Spectrum Brands Holdings (NYSE: SPB) and Itron (NASDAQ:ITRI) are both mid-cap consumer staples companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, risk and profitability.

Risk and Volatility

Spectrum Brands Holdings has a beta of 0.68, meaning that its share price is 32% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Itron has a beta of 1.08, meaning that its share price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Spectrum Brands Holdings pays an annual dividend of $1.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. Itron does not pay a dividend. Spectrum Brands Holdings pays out 34.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Itron has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Spectrum Brands Holdings and Itron’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Spectrum Brands Holdings $4.94 billion 1.21 $865.80 million $4.90 21.03
Itron $1.98 billion 1.41 $221.70 million $0.80 90.31

Spectrum Brands Holdings has higher revenue and earnings than Itron. Spectrum Brands Holdings is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Itron, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Spectrum Brands Holdings and Itron, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Spectrum Brands Holdings 0 1 7 0 2.88
Itron 0 2 5 0 2.71

Spectrum Brands Holdings currently has a consensus target price of $145.29, suggesting a potential upside of 40.97%. Itron has a consensus target price of $80.00, suggesting a potential upside of 10.73%. Given Spectrum Brands Holdings’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Spectrum Brands Holdings is more favorable than Itron.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

47.0% of Spectrum Brands Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 93.8% of Itron shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of Spectrum Brands Holdings shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.0% of Itron shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Spectrum Brands Holdings and Itron’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Spectrum Brands Holdings 5.87% 17.46% 4.45%
Itron 1.60% 15.43% 6.32%

Summary

Spectrum Brands Holdings beats Itron on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Spectrum Brands Holdings Company Profile

Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. (SB Holdings) is a diversified global consumer products company. The Company manufactures, markets and/or distributes its products in approximately 160 countries in the North America (NA); Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA); Latin America (LATAM), and Asia-Pacific (APAC) regions. It has five segments: Global Batteries & Appliances (GBA), Global Pet Supplies (PET), Home and Garden (H&G), Hardware & Home Improvement (HHI) and Global Auto Care (GAC). The Company’s GBA segment includes product categories, such as consumer batteries, small appliances and personal care. The Company’s HHI segment includes product categories, such as lockset, plumbing and hardware. The Company’s PET segment’s product categories include aquatics, companion animal and pet food. The Company’s H&G segment’s product categories include controls, household and repellents. The Company’s GAC segment’s product categories include appearance, performance and A/C recharge.

Itron Company Profile

Itron, Inc. (Itron) is a technology and service company. The Company provides solutions that measure, manage and analyze energy and water use. The Company operates through three segments: Electricity, Gas and Water. It provides a portfolio of products, solutions, software and services to electric, gas and water utility customers across the globe. It offers solutions that enable electric and natural gas utilities to build smart grids to manage assets. It offers a product portfolio, including standard meters and smart metering products, systems and services, for applications in the residential and commercial industrial markets for water and heat. The Company operates under the Itron brand across the world. Its Gas and Water manufacturing facilities are located throughout the world, while its Electricity manufacturing facilities are located in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and North America.

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