Long Island Iced Tea Corp. (NASDAQ: LTEA) and Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE:DPS) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, valuation, profitability and institutional ownership.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

1.1% of Long Island Iced Tea Corp. shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 90.4% of Dr Pepper Snapple Group shares are held by institutional investors. 18.1% of Long Island Iced Tea Corp. shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.6% of Dr Pepper Snapple Group shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Long Island Iced Tea Corp. and Dr Pepper Snapple Group, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Long Island Iced Tea Corp. 0 0 0 0 N/A
Dr Pepper Snapple Group 1 6 5 0 2.33

Dr Pepper Snapple Group has a consensus price target of $99.22, indicating a potential upside of 8.42%. Given Dr Pepper Snapple Group’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Dr Pepper Snapple Group is more favorable than Long Island Iced Tea Corp..

Volatility and Risk

Long Island Iced Tea Corp. has a beta of -10.56, meaning that its share price is 1,156% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Dr Pepper Snapple Group has a beta of 0.61, meaning that its share price is 39% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Long Island Iced Tea Corp. and Dr Pepper Snapple Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Long Island Iced Tea Corp. -305.26% -349.13% -202.48%
Dr Pepper Snapple Group 11.73% 38.28% 8.50%

Dividends

Dr Pepper Snapple Group pays an annual dividend of $2.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.5%. Long Island Iced Tea Corp. does not pay a dividend. Dr Pepper Snapple Group pays out 55.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Long Island Iced Tea Corp. has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Long Island Iced Tea Corp. and Dr Pepper Snapple Group’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Long Island Iced Tea Corp. $4.79 million 6.42 -$11.97 million ($1.90) -1.78
Dr Pepper Snapple Group $6.57 billion 2.53 $1.58 billion $4.17 21.95

Dr Pepper Snapple Group has higher revenue and earnings than Long Island Iced Tea Corp.. Long Island Iced Tea Corp. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Dr Pepper Snapple Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Dr Pepper Snapple Group beats Long Island Iced Tea Corp. on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Long Island Iced Tea Corp.

Long Island Iced Tea Corp. is a holding company operating through its subsidiary, Long Island Brand Beverages, LLC (LIBB). The Company is engaged in the production and distribution of Non-Alcoholic Ready-to-Drink (NARTD) iced tea in the beverage industry. It is organized around its brand, Long Island Iced Tea. Long Island Iced Tea is sold primarily on the East Coast of the United States through a network of national and regional retail chains and distributors. The Company produces brewed tea, using black tea leaves, purified water and natural cane sugar or sucralose. The Company‚Äôs Long Island Iced Tea’s flavors include lemon, peach, raspberry, guava, mango, diet lemon, diet peach, sweet tea, green tea and honey, and half tea and half lemonade. It also offers lower calorie iced tea in over 12 ounce bottles. The lower calorie flavor options include mango, raspberry and peach. The Company’s products include All-Natural Tea, Diet Tea, Fruit-Flavored Tea, Organic Tea and Herbal Tea.

About Dr Pepper Snapple Group

Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. is an integrated brand owner, manufacturer and distributor of non-alcoholic beverages in the United States, Mexico and Canada. The Company offers a diverse portfolio of flavored (non-cola) carbonated soft drinks (CSDs) and non-carbonated beverages (NCBs), including ready-to-drink teas, juices, juice drinks, water and mixers. The Company’s segments include Beverage Concentrates, Packaged Beverages and Latin America Beverages. The Company’s brand portfolio includes CSD brands, such as Dr Pepper, Canada Dry, Penafiel, Squirt, 7UP, Crush, A&W, Sunkist soda and Schweppes, and NCB brands, such as Snapple, Hawaiian Punch, Mott’s and Clamato. The Company’s NCB brands include Snapple, Hawaiian Punch, Mott’s, FIJI mineral water, Clamato, Yoo-Hoo, Deja Blue, Bai Brands, ReaLemon, AriZona tea, Vita Coco coconut water, Mr and Mrs T mixers, BodyArmor, Nantucket Nectars, Garden Cocktail, Mistic and Rose’s.

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