Inventure Foods (NASDAQ: SNAK) and WhiteWave Foods (NYSE:WWAV) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability and dividends.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

71.8% of Inventure Foods shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 80.6% of WhiteWave Foods shares are held by institutional investors. 6.4% of Inventure Foods shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 6.2% of WhiteWave Foods shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Inventure Foods -19.06% -38.89% -5.30%
WhiteWave Foods 6.21% 17.51% 5.92%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Inventure Foods and WhiteWave Foods, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Inventure Foods 0 1 0 0 2.00
WhiteWave Foods 0 2 0 0 2.00

Inventure Foods currently has a consensus target price of $8.00, suggesting a potential upside of 75.05%. WhiteWave Foods has a consensus target price of $56.13, suggesting a potential downside of 0.20%. Given Inventure Foods’ higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Inventure Foods is more favorable than WhiteWave Foods.

Risk and Volatility

Inventure Foods has a beta of 0.82, suggesting that its stock price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, WhiteWave Foods has a beta of 1.46, suggesting that its stock price is 46% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Inventure Foods and WhiteWave Foods’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Inventure Foods $255.01 million 0.35 $3.31 million ($2.24) -2.04
WhiteWave Foods N/A N/A N/A $1.11 50.67

Inventure Foods has higher revenue and earnings than WhiteWave Foods. Inventure Foods is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than WhiteWave Foods, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

WhiteWave Foods beats Inventure Foods on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Inventure Foods

Inventure Foods, Inc. is a marketer and manufacturer of healthy/natural and indulgent specialty snack food brands. The Company operates in two segments: frozen products and snack products. The frozen products segment produces frozen fruits, vegetables, beverages and frozen desserts for sale primarily to groceries, club stores and mass merchandisers. The snack products segment produces potato chips, kettle chips, potato crisps, potato skins, pellet snacks, sheeted dough products and extruded products for sale primarily to snack food distributors and retailers. The products sold under its snack products segment includes products considered part of the indulgent specialty snack food category, as well as products considered part of the healthy/natural food category. Its Frozen Products segment’s brands include Rader Farms and Jamba. Its Snack Products segment’s brands include Boulder Canyon, Nathan’s Famous, T.G.I. Friday’s, Poore Brothers, Bob’s Texas Style and Vidalia.

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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