WhiteWave Foods (NYSE: WWAV) and Campbell Soup (NYSE:CPB) are both non-cyclical consumer goods & services companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, risk, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

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

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
WhiteWave Foods 0 2 0 0 2.00
Campbell Soup 4 7 0 0 1.64

WhiteWave Foods currently has a consensus price target of $56.13, indicating a potential downside of 0.20%. Campbell Soup has a consensus price target of $51.50, indicating a potential upside of 14.11%. Given Campbell Soup’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Campbell Soup is more favorable than WhiteWave Foods.

Profitability

This table compares WhiteWave Foods and Campbell Soup’s 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%
Campbell Soup 11.24% 59.84% 12.07%

Dividends

Campbell Soup pays an annual dividend of $1.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.1%. WhiteWave Foods does not pay a dividend. Campbell Soup pays out 48.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares WhiteWave Foods and Campbell Soup’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
WhiteWave Foods N/A N/A N/A $1.11 50.67
Campbell Soup $7.89 billion 1.73 $1.99 billion $2.89 15.62

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

80.6% of WhiteWave Foods shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 44.3% of Campbell Soup shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.2% of WhiteWave Foods shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 37.3% of Campbell Soup shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

WhiteWave Foods has a beta of 1.46, meaning that its share price is 46% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Campbell Soup has a beta of 0.36, meaning that its share price is 64% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Campbell Soup beats WhiteWave Foods on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

Campbell Soup Company Profile

Campbell Soup Company is a food company, which manufactures and markets food products. The Company’s segments include Americas Simple Meals and Beverages; Global Biscuits and Snacks, and Campbell Fresh. The Americas Simple Meals and Beverages segment includes the retail and food service channel businesses. The segment includes the products, such as Campbell’s condensed and ready-to-serve soups; Swanson broth and stocks; Prego pasta sauces; Pace Mexican sauces; Campbell’s gravies, pasta, beans and dinner sauces; Plum food and snacks; V8 juices and beverages, and Campbell’s tomato juice. The Global Biscuits and Snacks segment includes Pepperidge Farm cookies, crackers, bakery and frozen products; Arnott’s biscuits, and Kelsen cookies. The Campbell Fresh segment includes Bolthouse Farms fresh carrots, carrot ingredients, refrigerated beverages and refrigerated salad dressings; Garden Fresh Gourmet salsa, hummus, dips and tortilla chips, and the United States refrigerated soup business.

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