Darling Ingredients (NYSE: DAR) and AdvancePierre Foods Holdings (NYSE:APFH) are both mid-cap consumer staples companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Darling Ingredients and AdvancePierre Foods Holdings, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Darling Ingredients 0 1 4 0 2.80
AdvancePierre Foods Holdings 0 3 0 0 2.00

Darling Ingredients currently has a consensus price target of $19.40, suggesting a potential upside of 14.66%. AdvancePierre Foods Holdings has a consensus price target of $37.67, suggesting a potential downside of 6.42%. Given Darling Ingredients’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Darling Ingredients is more favorable than AdvancePierre Foods Holdings.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

98.5% of Darling Ingredients shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.0% of Darling Ingredients shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Darling Ingredients and AdvancePierre Foods Holdings’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Darling Ingredients $3.40 billion 0.82 $102.31 million $0.39 43.39
AdvancePierre Foods Holdings N/A N/A N/A $2.05 19.63

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


AdvancePierre Foods Holdings pays an annual dividend of $0.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. Darling Ingredients does not pay a dividend. AdvancePierre Foods Holdings pays out 31.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


This table compares Darling Ingredients and AdvancePierre Foods Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Darling Ingredients 1.76% 2.96% 1.32%
AdvancePierre Foods Holdings 7.00% N/A 8.96%


Darling Ingredients beats AdvancePierre Foods Holdings on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Darling Ingredients

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.

About AdvancePierre Foods Holdings

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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