Darling Ingredients (NYSE: DAR) and McCormick & Company, (NYSE:MKC) are both mid-cap consumer staples companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Darling Ingredients and McCormick & Company,’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Darling Ingredients $3,398.11 0.00 $102.31 $0.51 N/A
McCormick & Company, $4,411.50 0.00 $472.30 $3.62 N/A

McCormick & Company, has higher revenue and earnings than Darling Ingredients.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Darling Ingredients 2.39% 3.99% 1.77%
McCormick & Company, 10.05% 26.09% 8.17%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Darling Ingredients and McCormick & Company,, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Darling Ingredients 0 1 4 0 2.80
McCormick & Company, 0 6 4 0 2.40

Volatility and Risk

Darling Ingredients has a beta of 1.54, suggesting that its share price is 54% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, McCormick & Company, has a beta of 0.53, suggesting that its share price is 47% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

95.7% of Darling Ingredients shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.0% of McCormick & Company, shares are held by institutional investors. 2.0% of Darling Ingredients shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 15.3% of McCormick & Company, shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

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

Summary

McCormick & Company, beats Darling Ingredients on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Darling Ingredients Company Profile

Darling Ingredients Inc. (Darling) is a developer and producer of sustainable natural ingredients from edible and inedible bio-nutrients, creating a range of ingredients and customized specialty solutions for customers in the pharmaceutical, food, pet food, feed, industrial, fuel, bioenergy and fertilizer industries. The Company operates through three segments: Feed Ingredients, Food Ingredients and Fuel Ingredients. The Company collects and transforms all aspects of animal by-product streams into useable and specialty ingredients, such as gelatin, edible fats, feed-grade fats, animal proteins and meals, plasma, pet food ingredients, organic fertilizers, yellow grease, fuel feedstocks, green energy, natural casings and hides. In addition, the Company provides grease trap services to food service establishments, environmental services to food processors and sells restaurant cooking oil delivery and collection equipment.

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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