Jarden (NYSE: JAH) and The Middleby (NASDAQ:MIDD) are both cyclical consumer goods & services companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings and risk.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

100.0% of The Middleby shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.0% of The Middleby shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Jarden and The Middleby’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Jarden -0.16% -0.43% -0.12%
The Middleby 13.22% 23.28% 10.17%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Jarden and The Middleby’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Jarden N/A N/A N/A $0.70 84.24
The Middleby $2.27 billion 3.12 $284.21 million $5.31 23.81

The Middleby has higher revenue and earnings than Jarden. The Middleby is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Jarden, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Jarden and The Middleby, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Jarden 0 0 0 0 N/A
The Middleby 0 4 5 0 2.56

The Middleby has a consensus price target of $136.63, suggesting a potential upside of 8.08%. Given The Middleby’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe The Middleby is more favorable than Jarden.

Summary

The Middleby beats Jarden on 9 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Jarden Company Profile

Jarden Corporation (Jarden) is a consumer products company. The Company operates in three primary business segments: Branded Consumables, Consumer Solutions and Outdoor Solutions. The Branded Consumables segment manufactures or sources, markets and distributes branded consumer products. The Consumer Solutions segment manufactures or sources, markets, and distributes household products. The Outdoor Solutions segment manufactures or sources, markets and distributes consumer active lifestyle products. The Company distributes its products through club stores; craft stores; direct-to-consumer channels, consisting of company Websites, department stores, drugstores, grocery retailers, home improvement stores, mass merchandisers and online; specialty retailers, and wholesalers, as well as Yankee Candle retail stores. The Company manufactures products at facilities in China, Europe, Latin America and North America, as well as through third-party sourcing, primarily in Asia.

The Middleby Company Profile

The Middleby Corporation is engaged in the design, manufacture and sale of commercial foodservice, food processing equipment and residential kitchen equipment. The Company operates in three segments: the Commercial Foodservice Equipment Group, the Food Processing Equipment Group and the Residential Kitchen Equipment Group. It is also engaged in the design, manufacture, marketing, distribution and service of a range of foodservice equipment used in commercial restaurants and institutional kitchens; food preparation, cooking, baking, chilling and packaging equipment for food processing operations, and kitchen equipment, including ranges, ovens, refrigerators, ventilation and dishwashers used in the residential market. It manufactured and assembled the equipment at 28 facilities in the United States, and 23 international manufacturing facilities as of December 31, 2016. Its brands include Anets, Beech, Blodgett, Blodgett Combi, Stewart Systems, Mercury, Rangemaster, Rayburn and Redfyre.

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