MGP Ingredients (NASDAQ: MGPI) and Kraft Foods Group (NASDAQ:KRFTV) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, risk and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares MGP Ingredients and Kraft Foods Group’s 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%
Kraft Foods Group 9.86% 38.66% 7.47%

Dividends

MGP Ingredients pays an annual dividend of $0.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.2%. Kraft Foods Group does not pay a dividend. MGP Ingredients pays out 8.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for MGP Ingredients and Kraft Foods Group, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
MGP Ingredients 0 1 1 0 2.50
Kraft Foods Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

MGP Ingredients currently has a consensus price target of $66.00, indicating a potential downside of 2.88%. Given MGP Ingredients’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe MGP Ingredients is more favorable than Kraft Foods Group.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares MGP Ingredients and Kraft Foods Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
MGP Ingredients $333.96 million 3.40 $51.47 million $1.90 35.77
Kraft Foods Group N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

MGP Ingredients has higher revenue and earnings than Kraft Foods Group.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

99.4% of MGP Ingredients shares are owned by institutional investors. 23.5% of MGP Ingredients shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

MGP Ingredients beats Kraft Foods Group on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

Kraft Foods Group Company Profile

Kraft Foods Group, Inc. is a consumer packaged food and beverage company. The Company manufactures and markets food and beverage products, including cheese, meats, refreshment beverages, coffee, packaged dinners, refrigerated meals, snack nuts, dressings, and other grocery products, primarily in the United States and Canada. Its product categories span breakfast, lunch and dinner meal occasions. The Company operates in six segments: Cheese, Refrigerated Meals, Beverages, Meals & Desserts, Enhancers & Snack Nuts and Canada. Its brand portfolio consists of various food brands in North America, including Kraft cheeses, dinners and dressings; Oscar Mayer meats; Philadelphia cream cheese, and over 25 other brands. The Company operates around 36 manufacturing and processing facilities, 34 in the United States and two in Canada. It sells products to supermarket chains, wholesalers, supercenters, club stores, distributors and convenience stores, among others.

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