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

Risk and Volatility

SunOpta has a beta of 1.76, meaning that its share price is 76% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SunOpta’s peers have a beta of 0.71, meaning that their average share price is 29% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for SunOpta and its peers, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SunOpta 0 2 3 0 2.60
SunOpta Competitors 360 1666 1903 62 2.42

SunOpta currently has a consensus target price of $8.88, indicating a potential upside of 5.65%. As a group, “Food Processing” companies have a potential downside of 0.13%. Given SunOpta’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe SunOpta is more favorable than its peers.


This table compares SunOpta and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SunOpta -3.70% -0.70% -0.23%
SunOpta Competitors 4.09% 11.44% 4.83%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

79.3% of SunOpta shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.3% of shares of all “Food Processing” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.9% of SunOpta 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 large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares SunOpta and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
SunOpta $1.31 billion $70.04 million -13.12
SunOpta Competitors $8.38 billion $1.05 billion 22.11

SunOpta’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than SunOpta. SunOpta is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.


SunOpta peers beat SunOpta on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

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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