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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for MGP Ingredients and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
MGP Ingredients 0 1 1 0 2.50
MGP Ingredients Competitors 265 1501 1857 53 2.46

MGP Ingredients currently has a consensus price target of $66.00, indicating a potential upside of 5.23%. As a group, “Food Processing” companies have a potential downside of 2.31%. Given MGP Ingredients’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe MGP Ingredients is more favorable than its competitors.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares MGP Ingredients and its competitors revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
MGP Ingredients $333.96 million $51.47 million 33.01
MGP Ingredients Competitors $8.38 billion $1.05 billion 22.48

MGP Ingredients’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than MGP Ingredients. MGP Ingredients is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Risk & Volatility

MGP Ingredients has a beta of 1.01, indicating that its share price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, MGP Ingredients’ competitors have a beta of 0.72, indicating that their average share price is 28% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

98.4% of MGP Ingredients shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.6% of shares of all “Food Processing” companies are held by institutional investors. 23.5% of MGP Ingredients shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.2% of shares of all “Food Processing” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares MGP Ingredients and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
MGP Ingredients 9.33% 21.30% 13.83%
MGP Ingredients Competitors 4.08% 11.36% 4.77%

Dividends

MGP Ingredients pays an annual dividend of $0.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.3%. MGP Ingredients pays out 8.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Food Processing” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.5% and pay out 60.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

MGP Ingredients beats its competitors on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

MGP Ingredients Company Profile

MGP Ingredients, Inc. is a producer and supplier of distilled spirits, and specialty wheat protein and starch food ingredients. The Company’s distilled spirits include bourbon and rye whiskeys, and grain neutral spirits, including vodka and gin. The Company’s segments include distillery products and ingredient solutions. The distillery products segment consists of food grade alcohol and distillery co-products, such as distillers feed and fuel grade alcohol. The ingredient solutions segment consists of specialty starches and proteins, commodity starches and commodity proteins. The distillery products segment also includes warehouse services, including barrel put away, barrel storage, and barrel retrieval services. It is also a producer of industrial alcohol for use in both food and non-food applications. The Company’s distillery products are derived from corn and other grains (including rye, barley, wheat, barley malt and milo), and its ingredient products are derived from wheat flour.

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