Ambev (NYSE: ABEV) and Companhia de Bebidas das Americas (NYSE:ABV) are both brewers – nec companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares Ambev and Companhia de Bebidas das Americas’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ambev 19.89% 23.34% 13.66%
Companhia de Bebidas das Americas N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Ambev and Companhia de Bebidas das Americas, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ambev 0 2 2 0 2.50
Companhia de Bebidas das Americas 0 0 0 0 N/A

Ambev presently has a consensus target price of $8.00, indicating a potential upside of 28.21%.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

7.3% of Ambev shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Ambev pays an annual dividend of $0.07 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Companhia de Bebidas das Americas does not pay a dividend. Ambev pays out 8.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Ambev and Companhia de Bebidas das Americas’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ambev $13.15 billion 7.45 $3.60 billion $0.80 7.80
Companhia de Bebidas das Americas N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Ambev has higher revenue and earnings than Companhia de Bebidas das Americas.

Summary

Ambev beats Companhia de Bebidas das Americas on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Ambev

Ambev SA, formerly Inbev Participacoes Societarias SA, is a Brazil-based company engaged in the brewing sector. The Company produces and sells beer, carbonated soft drinks (CSDs) and other non-alcoholic and non-carbonated (NANC) beverages across the Americas. The Company’s activities are divided into three segments: Latin America North, including sell of beer, CSD and NANC drinks in Brazil, as well as operations in Dominican Republic, Saint Vincent, Antigua, Dominica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Cuba; Latin America South, distributing products in Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile, Ecuador, Peru and Colombia, and Canada, represented by Labatt’s operations, which comprises sales in Canada. The Company markets products under various brand names, such as Adriatica, Brahma, Leffe, Budweiser, Corona, PepsiCo and Lipton. It is a subsidiary of Interbrew International BV.

About Companhia de Bebidas das Americas

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.

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