Companhia de Bebidas das Americas (NYSE: ABV) and Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA (NYSE:BUD) are both brewers – nec companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Companhia de Bebidas das Americas and Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Companhia de Bebidas das Americas 0 0 0 0 N/A
Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA 0 4 7 0 2.64

Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA has a consensus target price of $131.80, indicating a potential upside of 8.27%.

Profitability

This table compares Companhia de Bebidas das Americas and Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Companhia de Bebidas das Americas N/A N/A N/A
Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA 9.57% 16.57% 5.35%

Dividends

Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA pays an annual dividend of $3.07 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.5%. Companhia de Bebidas das Americas does not pay a dividend. Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA pays out 115.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Companhia de Bebidas das Americas and Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Companhia de Bebidas das Americas N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA $45.52 billion 4.53 $1.24 billion $2.66 45.76

Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA has higher revenue and earnings than Companhia de Bebidas das Americas.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

5.5% of Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA shares are held by institutional investors. 4.5% of Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA shares are held by 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

Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA beats Companhia de Bebidas das Americas on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Company Profile

Companhia de Bebidas das Americas – Ambev (Ambev) is a Brazil-based company. AmBev and its subsidiaries produce, distribute and sell beer, carbonated soft drinks (CSDs) and other non-alcoholic and non-carbonated products in over 15 countries across the Americas. The Company conducts its operations through three business units: Latin America North includes its operations in Brazil, where Ambev operates two divisions: beer sales (Beer Brazil) and carbonated soft drinks and non-alcoholic non-carbonated sales (CSD & NANC Brazil), and its Hispanic Latin America Operations, Excluding Latin America South (HILA-Ex), which includes its operations in the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Ecuador, Guatemala (which also serves El Salvador and Nicaragua) and Peru; Latin America South includes its operations in Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay and Chile, and Canada, represented by Labatt’s operations includes domestic sales in Canada and some exports to the United States market.

Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA Company Profile

Anheuser Busch Inbev NV (AB InBev) is a Belgium-based company engaged in the brewers industry. The Company owns a portfolio of over 200 beer brands. The Company’s brand portfolio includes global brands, such as Budweiser, Corona and Stella Artois; international brands, including Beck’s, Leffe and Hoegaarden, and local champions, such as Bud Light, Skol, Brahma, Antarctica, Quilmes, Victoria, Modelo Especial, Michelob Ultra, Harbin, Sedrin, Klinskoye, Sibirskaya Korona, Chernigivske, Cass and Jupiler. The Company’s soft drinks business consists of both own production and agreements with PepsiCo related to bottling and distribution arrangements between its various subsidiaries and PepsiCo. Ambev, which is a subsidiary of the Company, is a PepsiCo bottler. Brands that are distributed under these agreements are Pepsi, 7UP and Gatorade.

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