AdvancePierre Foods Holdings (NASDAQ: APFH) and SunOpta (NASDAQ:STKL) are both non-cyclical consumer goods & services companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership, earnings and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for AdvancePierre Foods Holdings and SunOpta, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AdvancePierre Foods Holdings 0 3 0 0 2.00
SunOpta 0 2 3 0 2.60

AdvancePierre Foods Holdings presently has a consensus price target of $37.67, suggesting a potential downside of 6.42%. SunOpta has a consensus price target of $9.33, suggesting a potential downside of 1.75%. Given SunOpta’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe SunOpta is more favorable than AdvancePierre Foods Holdings.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

81.9% of SunOpta shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.9% of SunOpta shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares AdvancePierre Foods Holdings and SunOpta’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AdvancePierre Foods Holdings 7.00% N/A 8.96%
SunOpta -3.70% -0.70% -0.23%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares AdvancePierre Foods Holdings and SunOpta’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
AdvancePierre Foods Holdings N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
SunOpta $1.31 billion 0.63 $70.04 million ($0.64) -14.84

SunOpta has higher revenue and earnings than AdvancePierre Foods Holdings.

Summary

SunOpta beats AdvancePierre Foods Holdings on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

AdvancePierre Foods Holdings Company Profile

AdvancePierre Foods Holdings, Inc. is a producer and distributor of ready-to-eat sandwiches, sandwich components and other entrees and snacks. The Company operates through four segments. The Foodservice segment’s portfolio of products includes breakfast sandwiches, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, Philly steaks, fully cooked hamburger-patties, country-fried steak, stuffed entrees and chicken tenders. The Retail segment sells both branded and private label ready-to-eat sandwiches, such as grilled chicken sandwiches and stuffed pockets; sandwich components, such as chicken patties, and other entrees and snacks, such as stuffed chicken breasts. The Convenience segment sells customized ready-to-eat sandwiches, such as breakfast sandwiches and burgers; sandwich components, such as chicken patties, and other entrees and snacks, such as cinnamon dough bites. The Industrial segment supplies other food producers, such as packaged food companies under short-term co-manufacturing agreements.

SunOpta Company Profile

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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