Hershey Company (The) (NYSE: HSY) and Amira Nature Foods (NYSE:ANFI) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, risk, profitability, valuation and dividends.

Dividends

Hershey Company (The) pays an annual dividend of $2.62 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. Amira Nature Foods does not pay a dividend. Hershey Company (The) pays out 83.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Amira Nature Foods has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Hershey Company (The) and Amira Nature Foods’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Hershey Company (The) $7.52 billion 3.11 $1.72 billion $3.14 35.02
Amira Nature Foods $551.88 million 0.41 $70.71 million N/A N/A

Hershey Company (The) has higher revenue and earnings than Amira Nature Foods.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

51.4% of Hershey Company (The) shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 12.5% of Amira Nature Foods shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.9% of Hershey Company (The) shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Hershey Company (The) and Amira Nature Foods’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hershey Company (The) 8.95% 119.66% 18.88%
Amira Nature Foods N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Hershey Company (The) and Amira Nature Foods, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hershey Company (The) 1 8 4 0 2.23
Amira Nature Foods 0 1 1 0 2.50

Hershey Company (The) presently has a consensus target price of $111.54, suggesting a potential upside of 1.43%. Amira Nature Foods has a consensus target price of $8.00, suggesting a potential upside of 30.72%. Given Amira Nature Foods’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Amira Nature Foods is more favorable than Hershey Company (The).

Volatility & Risk

Hershey Company (The) has a beta of 0.39, indicating that its stock price is 61% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Amira Nature Foods has a beta of -0.14, indicating that its stock price is 114% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Hershey Company (The) beats Amira Nature Foods on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Hershey Company (The) Company Profile

The Hershey Company is a producer of chocolate in North America. The Company’s principal product offerings include chocolate and non-chocolate confectionery products; gum and mint refreshment products; pantry items, such as baking ingredients and beverages, and snack items, such as spreads, meat snacks, bars and snack bites and mixes. Its segments include North America, and International and Other. The North America segment includes its chocolate and non-chocolate confectionery business, as well as its grocery and snacks business. This includes developing and growing its business in chocolate and non-chocolate confectionery, pantry, food service and other snacking product lines. The Company distributes and sells confectionery products in export markets of Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Europe, Africa and other regions. As of December 31, 2016, the Company marketed, sold and distributed its products under more than 80 brand names in approximately 70 countries across the world.

Amira Nature Foods Company Profile

Amira Nature Foods Ltd is primarily engaged in the business of processing and selling packaged Indian specialty rice, primarily basmati rice and other food products. The Company sells Basmati rice and other specialty rice, under its Amira brand, as well as under other third-party brands. It also sells non-basmati rice. It has developed a line of Amira branded products to complement its packaged rice offerings, including edible oil, snacks, ready-to-heat meals and a line of organic product offerings. It is engaged in the institutional sale of bulk commodities to international and regional trading firms, which includes wheat, barley, legume, maize, sugar, soybean meal, onion, potato, millet and others. Its Amira branded product line includes Amira Pure Basmati Rice, Amira Indian Basmati Rice, Smoked Basmati Rice, Amira Khichdi Rice, Amira Navratan Mix and others. The Company’s third-party branded rice products include Euricom Brown Basmati Rice, Bonne Chance Long Grain Rice and others.

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