Ingredion (NYSE: CPO) and McCormick & Company, (NYSE:MKC) are both non-cyclical consumer goods & services companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, valuation, dividends, earnings, profitability and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Ingredion and McCormick & Company,, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ingredion 0 0 0 0 N/A
McCormick & Company, 0 6 4 0 2.40

McCormick & Company, has a consensus price target of $104.56, suggesting a potential upside of 5.34%.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Ingredion and McCormick & Company,’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ingredion N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
McCormick & Company, $4.57 billion 2.60 $797.30 million $3.62 27.42

McCormick & Company, has higher revenue and earnings than Ingredion.

Dividends

McCormick & Company, pays an annual dividend of $1.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. Ingredion does not pay a dividend. McCormick & Company, pays out 51.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. McCormick & Company, has raised its dividend for 30 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Ingredion and McCormick & Company,’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ingredion 9.13% 19.82% 9.21%
McCormick & Company, 10.05% 26.09% 8.17%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

69.4% of McCormick & Company, shares are owned by institutional investors. 15.3% of McCormick & Company, shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

McCormick & Company, beats Ingredion on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

McCormick & Company, Company Profile

McCormick & Company, Incorporated is engaged in manufacturing, marketing and distributing spices, seasoning mixes, condiments and other flavorful products to the food industry, including retailers, food manufacturers and foodservice businesses. The Company’s segments include consumer and industrial. The Company is involved in the manufacturing and sales of flavorful products. As of November 30, 2016, it offered brands for consumers in approximately 150 countries and territories. The Company’s brands in the Americas include McCormick, Lawry’s, and Club House, as well as brands, such as Gourmet Garden and OLD BAY. It provides a range of products to food manufacturers and foodservice customers. The Company’s sales, distribution and production facilities are located in North America, Europe and China. It markets regional and ethnic brands, such as Zatarain’s, Stubb’s, Thai Kitchen and Simply Asia. The Company offers sensory testing, culinary research, food safety and flavor application.

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