WhiteWave Foods (NYSE: WWAV) is one of 50 public companies in the “Food Processing” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare WhiteWave Foods to related companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, dividends, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability and earnings.

Risk and Volatility

WhiteWave Foods has a beta of 1.46, meaning that its share price is 46% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, WhiteWave Foods’ rivals have a beta of 0.71, meaning that their average share price is 29% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares WhiteWave Foods and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
WhiteWave Foods N/A N/A 50.67
WhiteWave Foods Competitors $8.38 billion $1.04 billion 22.44

WhiteWave Foods’ rivals have higher revenue and earnings than WhiteWave Foods. WhiteWave Foods is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for WhiteWave Foods and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
WhiteWave Foods 0 2 0 0 2.00
WhiteWave Foods Competitors 357 1653 1885 61 2.42

WhiteWave Foods currently has a consensus target price of $56.13, suggesting a potential downside of 0.20%. As a group, “Food Processing” companies have a potential downside of 1.18%. Given WhiteWave Foods’ higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe WhiteWave Foods is more favorable than its rivals.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

80.6% of WhiteWave Foods shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.5% of shares of all “Food Processing” companies are owned by institutional investors. 6.2% of WhiteWave Foods shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 12.2% of shares of all “Food Processing” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares WhiteWave Foods and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
WhiteWave Foods 6.21% 17.51% 5.92%
WhiteWave Foods Competitors 4.09% 11.51% 4.84%

Summary

WhiteWave Foods beats its rivals on 6 of the 11 factors compared.

WhiteWave Foods Company Profile

The WhiteWave Foods Company is a consumer packaged food and beverage company. The Company manufactures, markets, distributes and sells branded plant-based foods and beverages, coffee creamers and beverages, dairy products and organic produce. It operates through two segments: Americas Foods & Beverages and Europe Foods & Beverages. The Americas Foods & Beverages segment includes plant-based foods and beverages, including its Silk and So Delicious branded beverages, such as soymilk, almondmilk, coconutmilk and cashewmilk, ice cream and frozen products, and plant-based yogurts, and Vega plant-based products. The Europe Foods & Beverages segment includes plant-based foods and beverages, such as its Alpro and Provamel brand beverages using soy, almond, coconut, hazelnut, rice and oat and other plant-based ingredients, and plant-based alternatives to yogurt, culinary creams, desserts and margarine. It sells products primarily in North America, Europe and through a joint venture in China.

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