Mondelez International (NASDAQ: MDLZ) and SunOpta (NASDAQ:STKL) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation, earnings, dividends and profitability.

Volatility & Risk

Mondelez International has a beta of 1.2, suggesting that its share price is 20% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SunOpta has a beta of 1.76, suggesting that its share price is 76% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

75.8% of Mondelez International shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 79.3% of SunOpta shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.6% of Mondelez International shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.9% of SunOpta shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Mondelez International and SunOpta’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Mondelez International $25.57 billion 2.36 $4.37 billion $1.14 35.13
SunOpta $1.31 billion 0.55 $70.04 million ($0.64) -13.12

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Mondelez International and SunOpta, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Mondelez International 0 2 8 1 2.91
SunOpta 0 2 3 0 2.60

Mondelez International presently has a consensus price target of $50.91, suggesting a potential upside of 27.11%. SunOpta has a consensus price target of $8.88, suggesting a potential upside of 5.65%. Given Mondelez International’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Mondelez International is more favorable than SunOpta.

Profitability

This table compares Mondelez International and SunOpta’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Mondelez International 6.92% 11.96% 5.00%
SunOpta -3.70% -0.70% -0.23%

Dividends

Mondelez International pays an annual dividend of $0.76 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. SunOpta does not pay a dividend. Mondelez International pays out 66.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Mondelez International beats SunOpta on 13 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Mondelez International

Mondelez International, Inc. is a snack company. The Company manufactures and markets snack food and beverage products for consumers. It operates through four segments: Latin America, Asia, Middle East, and Africa (AMEA), Europe and North America. As of December 31, 2016, its brands spanned five product categories: Biscuits (including cookies, crackers and salted snacks); Chocolate; Gum and candy; Beverages (including coffee and powdered beverages), and Cheese and grocery. Itsportfolio includes various snack brands, including Nabisco, Oreo, LU and belVita biscuits; Cadbury, Milka, Cadbury Dairy Milk and Toblerone chocolate; Trident gum; Halls candy, and Tang powdered beverages. The Company sells its products to supermarket chains, wholesalers, supercenters, club stores, mass merchandisers, distributors, convenience stores, gasoline stations, drug stores, value stores and retail food outlets. As of December 31, 2016, it sold its products to consumers in approximately 165 countries.

About SunOpta

Sunopta Inc is a Canada-based company, which operates businesses focused on a healthy products portfolio. It operates through the following segments: Global Ingredients and Consumer Products. The Global Ingredients segment aggregates its North American and international raw material sourcing and supply operating segments focused on the procurement, processing and sale of specialty and organic grains, seeds, fruits, grain- and cocoa-based ingredients, and other commodities. The Consumer Products segment provides healthy and organic food products that are consumer-packaged to retailers, foodservice distributors and food manufacturers with a range of branded and private label products. It is focused on sourcing non-genetically modified (non-GMO) and organic ingredients, and manufacturing healthy food and beverage products. It manufactures packaged products focused on the healthy beverage, healthy fruit and healthy snack categories.

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