New Age Beverage Corporation (NASDAQ: NBEV) and Ambev (NYSE:ABEV) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership, profitability and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for New Age Beverage Corporation and Ambev, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
New Age Beverage Corporation 0 0 3 0 3.00
Ambev 0 2 2 0 2.50

New Age Beverage Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $7.08, suggesting a potential upside of 81.16%. Ambev has a consensus target price of $6.13, suggesting a potential downside of 4.61%. Given New Age Beverage Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe New Age Beverage Corporation is more favorable than Ambev.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares New Age Beverage Corporation and Ambev’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
New Age Beverage Corporation $49.92 million 2.69 $491,780.00 N/A N/A
Ambev $14.22 billion 7.10 $5.64 billion $0.24 26.79

Ambev has higher revenue and earnings than New Age Beverage Corporation.

Dividends

Ambev pays an annual dividend of $0.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. New Age Beverage Corporation does not pay a dividend. Ambev pays out 50.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Risk & Volatility

New Age Beverage Corporation has a beta of 4.74, indicating that its stock price is 374% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ambev has a beta of 0.66, indicating that its stock price is 34% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares New Age Beverage Corporation and Ambev’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
New Age Beverage Corporation 0.86% 1.78% 1.04%
Ambev 27.14% 23.24% 13.79%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

14.0% of New Age Beverage Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 7.3% of Ambev shares are owned by institutional investors. 48.6% of New Age Beverage Corporation shares are owned 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.

About New Age Beverage Corporation

The New Age Beverage Corporation, formerly Bucha, Inc., is a healthy functional beverage company. The Company is the owner of XingTea, XingEnergy, Aspen Pure and the Bucha Live Kombucha brands. The Company’s bucha Live Kombucha is a gluten free, organic certified, sparkling kombucha tea and is distributed in health and grocery chains across North America. The Company offers its bucha Live Kombucha products in approximately 16-ounce bottle. The Company offers XingTea in approximately 13 flavors. Its product, XINGjuice, is a natural juice drink, made with cane sugar and real fruit juice. Its product, XingEnergy is a naturally flavored cane sugar product. The Company’s product, Aspen Pure, is bottled water packaged in approximately 24-ounce, half-liter and one-liter bottles. The Company offers products in approximately 46 states within the United States and in over 10 countries internationally across all channels through direct and store door distribution systems.

About Ambev

Ambev SA, formerly Inbev Participacoes Societarias SA, is a Brazil-based company engaged in the brewing sector. The Company produces and sells beer, carbonated soft drinks (CSDs) and other non-alcoholic and non-carbonated (NANC) beverages across the Americas. The Company’s activities are divided into three segments: Latin America North, including sell of beer, CSD and NANC drinks in Brazil, as well as operations in Dominican Republic, Saint Vincent, Antigua, Dominica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Cuba; Latin America South, distributing products in Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile, Ecuador, Peru and Colombia, and Canada, represented by Labatt’s operations, which comprises sales in Canada. The Company markets products under various brand names, such as Adriatica, Brahma, Leffe, Budweiser, Corona, PepsiCo and Lipton. It is a subsidiary of Interbrew International BV.

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