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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for WhiteWave Foods and its peers, 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 358 1653 1887 61 2.42

WhiteWave Foods presently has a consensus price target of $56.13, indicating a potential downside of 0.20%. As a group, “Food Processing” companies have a potential downside of 0.82%. Given WhiteWave Foods’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe WhiteWave Foods is more favorable than its peers.

Profitability

This table compares WhiteWave Foods and its peers’ 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%

Risk & Volatility

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

80.6% of WhiteWave Foods shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.5% of shares of all “Food Processing” companies are held by institutional investors. 6.2% of WhiteWave Foods shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.2% of shares of all “Food Processing” companies 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.

Earnings & Valuation

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

Summary

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

About WhiteWave Foods

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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