National Beverage Corp. (NASDAQ: FIZZ) and SodaStream International (NASDAQ:SODA) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations and risk.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

21.8% of National Beverage Corp. shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 47.7% of SodaStream International shares are owned by institutional investors. 75.2% of National Beverage Corp. 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.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares National Beverage Corp. and SodaStream International’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
National Beverage Corp. $869.64 million 5.91 $189.51 million $2.50 44.15
SodaStream International $501.96 million 2.79 $89.48 million $2.70 23.76

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

Profitability

This table compares National Beverage Corp. and SodaStream International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
National Beverage Corp. 13.38% 49.70% 32.30%
SodaStream International 11.89% 14.86% 12.04%

Risk & Volatility

National Beverage Corp. has a beta of 0.59, suggesting that its share price is 41% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SodaStream International has a beta of 1.22, suggesting that its share price is 22% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for National Beverage Corp. and SodaStream International, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
National Beverage Corp. 2 1 0 0 1.33
SodaStream International 0 2 1 0 2.33

National Beverage Corp. currently has a consensus target price of $85.67, indicating a potential downside of 22.38%. SodaStream International has a consensus target price of $61.33, indicating a potential downside of 4.41%. Given SodaStream International’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe SodaStream International is more favorable than National Beverage Corp..

Summary

National Beverage Corp. beats SodaStream International on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

National Beverage Corp. Company Profile

National Beverage Corp. is a holding company. The Company develops, produces, markets and sells a diverse portfolio of flavored beverage products primarily in North America. The Company’s brands consist of beverages geared to the active and health-conscious consumer (Power+ Brands), including sparkling waters, energy drinks and juices, and carbonated soft drinks in a range of flavors, including regular, sugar-free and reduced calorie options. In addition, the Company produces soft drinks for certain retailers, such as allied brands. The Company’s portfolio of Power+ Brands includes LaCroix, LaCroix Curate, LaCroix NiCola and Shasta sparkling water products; Rip It energy drinks and shots, and Everfresh, Everfresh Premier Varietals and Mr. Pure juice and juice-based products. The Company’s carbonated soft drinks include Shasta and Faygo, iconic brands. The Company had, as of April 30, 2016, 12 production facilities located near metropolitan markets across the continental United States.

SodaStream International Company Profile

SodaStream International Ltd. is a sparkling water company. The Company manufactures, distributes and sells home beverage carbonation systems, which enable consumers to transform ordinary tap water into sparkling water and flavored sparkling water. The Company’s segments include The Americas, Western Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEMEA). The Americas segment consists of the United States, Canada and other markets in North America, Central America and South America, which are influenced by the consumption culture of the United States. The Western Europe segment consists of its markets in Western and Northern Europe, which are characterized by high price levels. Its Asia-Pacific segment consists of its markets in Australia and New Zealand, together with other markets in East Asia, including Japan and South Korea. The CEMEA segment consists of its markets in Central and Eastern Europe, Israel and South Africa.

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