General Mills (NYSE: GIS) and Ingredion (NYSE:CPO) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, valuation, profitability, institutional ownership and dividends.

Dividends

General Mills pays an annual dividend of $1.96 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.8%. Ingredion does not pay a dividend. General Mills pays out 70.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Ingredion has raised its dividend for 13 consecutive years.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares General Mills and Ingredion’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
General Mills $15.48 billion 1.91 $3.32 billion $2.79 18.67
Ingredion N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

General Mills has higher revenue and earnings than Ingredion.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

70.5% of General Mills shares are held by institutional investors. 1.4% of General Mills shares are held by company 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 General Mills and Ingredion’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
General Mills 10.68% 39.82% 8.16%
Ingredion 9.13% 19.82% 9.21%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for General Mills and Ingredion, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
General Mills 3 12 1 0 1.88
Ingredion 0 0 0 0 N/A

General Mills currently has a consensus target price of $56.43, indicating a potential upside of 8.33%.

Summary

General Mills beats Ingredion on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

General Mills Company Profile

General Mills, Inc. is a manufacturer and marketer of branded consumer foods sold through retail stores. The Company is a supplier of branded and unbranded food products to the North American foodservice and commercial baking industries. The Company has three segments: U.S. Retail, International, and Convenience Stores and Foodservice. Its products are marketed under various brands, which include Annie’s and Betty Crocker. The Company’s U.S. Retail segment reflects business with a range of grocery stores, mass merchandisers, membership stores, natural food chains, drug, dollar and discount chains, and e-commerce grocery providers operating throughout the United States. The International segment consists of retail and foodservice businesses outside of the United States. The Convenience Stores and Foodservice segment’s product categories include ready-to-eat cereals, snacks, refrigerated yogurt, frozen meals, unbaked and fully baked frozen dough products, and baking mixes.

Ingredion Company Profile

Ingredion Incorporated is an ingredients solutions provider. The Company manufactures and sells sweetener, starches, nutrition ingredients and biomaterial solutions derived from the wet milling and processing of corn and other starch-based materials to a range of industries, both domestically and internationally. It operates through four segments: North America, South America, Asia Pacific, and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). It turns corn, tapioca, potatoes, and other vegetables and fruits into ingredients and biomaterials for the food, beverage, paper and corrugating, brewing and other industries. Its product line includes animal feed products and edible corn oil. Its sweetener products include glucose syrups, high maltose syrup, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), caramel color, dextrose, polyols, maltodextrins and glucose and syrup solids. Its starch-based products include both food-grade and industrial starches, and biomaterials. It also offers specialty ingredients.

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