Fresh Del Monte Produce (NYSE: FDP) and Dole Food (NYSE:DOLE) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, valuation, risk, profitability, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Fresh Del Monte Produce and Dole Food’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Fresh Del Monte Produce 3.40% 7.62% 5.20%
Dole Food N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Fresh Del Monte Produce and Dole Food, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Fresh Del Monte Produce 0 0 0 0 N/A
Dole Food 0 0 0 0 N/A

Institutional and Insider Ownership

65.4% of Fresh Del Monte Produce shares are held by institutional investors. 36.9% of Fresh Del Monte Produce shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Fresh Del Monte Produce pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Dole Food does not pay a dividend. Fresh Del Monte Produce pays out 22.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Fresh Del Monte Produce and Dole Food’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Fresh Del Monte Produce $4.01 billion 0.60 $225.10 million $2.72 17.84
Dole Food N/A N/A N/A ($0.98) N/A

Fresh Del Monte Produce has higher revenue and earnings than Dole Food. Dole Food is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Fresh Del Monte Produce, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Fresh Del Monte Produce beats Dole Food on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Fresh Del Monte Produce

Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in sourcing, transportation and marketing of fresh and fresh-cut produce together with prepared food products in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Its operations are aggregated into business segments on the basis of its products: bananas, other fresh produce and prepared food. It sources its fresh produced products, such as bananas, pineapples, melons, tomatoes, grapes, apples, pears, peaches, plums, nectarines, cherries, citrus, avocados, blueberries and kiwi from Central and South America, Africa, the Philippines, North America and Europe. It sources its prepared food products from Africa, Europe and the Middle East. It distributes its products in North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and South America. It markets its products under the DEL MONTE brand, as well as under other brands, including UTC, Rosy, Fruit Express, Just Juice, Fruitini and other regional brands.

About Dole Food

Dole Food Company, Inc. (Dole) is a producer, marketer and distributor of fresh fruit and fresh vegetables. The Company is a producer of bananas and pineapples, and packaged fruit products, packaged salads and fresh-packed vegetables. The Company has three business segments: fresh fruit, fresh vegetables and packaged foods. The fresh fruit segment contains operating divisions that produce and market fresh fruit to wholesale, retail and institutional customers worldwide. The fresh vegetables segment produces and markets fresh-packed and value-added vegetables and salads to wholesale, retail and institutional customers, primarily in North America and Europe. The packaged foods segment contains several operating divisions that produce and market packaged foods, including fruit, juices, frozen fruit and healthy snack foods. In November 2013, Dole Food Company, Inc announced that an investor group acquired the remaining 60.43% interest in the Company.

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