Central Garden & Pet (NASDAQ: CENT) and AdvancePierre Foods Holdings (NASDAQ:APFH) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares Central Garden & Pet and AdvancePierre Foods Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Central Garden & Pet 3.49% 13.66% 6.13%
AdvancePierre Foods Holdings 7.00% N/A 8.96%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Central Garden & Pet and AdvancePierre Foods Holdings, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Central Garden & Pet 0 3 2 0 2.40
AdvancePierre Foods Holdings 0 3 0 0 2.00

Central Garden & Pet presently has a consensus price target of $38.33, suggesting a potential upside of 7.74%. AdvancePierre Foods Holdings has a consensus price target of $37.67, suggesting a potential downside of 6.42%. Given Central Garden & Pet’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Central Garden & Pet is more favorable than AdvancePierre Foods Holdings.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

20.6% of Central Garden & Pet shares are owned by institutional investors. 11.6% of Central Garden & Pet shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Central Garden & Pet and AdvancePierre Foods Holdings’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Central Garden & Pet $1.83 billion 1.01 $44.51 million $1.33 26.75
AdvancePierre Foods Holdings N/A N/A N/A $2.05 19.63

Central Garden & Pet has higher revenue and earnings than AdvancePierre Foods Holdings. AdvancePierre Foods Holdings is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Central Garden & Pet, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Central Garden & Pet beats AdvancePierre Foods Holdings on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Central Garden & Pet Company Profile

Central Garden & Pet Company is a marketer and producer of branded products and distributor of third party products in the pet and lawn and garden supplies industries in the United States. The Company operates in two segments: Pet segment and the Garden segment. It is a marketer and producer of pet supplies in the United States. In addition, its Pet segment operates sales and logistics networks in the industry strategically supporting its brands. Its principal pet supplies categories are dog and cat, aquatics, bird and small animal, wild bird feed and animal health products. The Company markets and produces various brands, including Pennington, The Rebels, AMDRO, Lilly Miller, Ironite, Sevin, and Over-N-Out. Its Garden segment operates a sales and logistics network that strategically supports its brands. The Company’s principal lawn and garden product lines include grass seed, wild bird feed and insect control products.

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.

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