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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for The Middleby and Jarden, as provided by

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

The Middleby currently has a consensus target price 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.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
The Middleby $2.27 billion 3.12 $284.21 million $5.32 23.76
Jarden N/A N/A N/A $0.70 84.24

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.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

100.0% of The Middleby shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.0% of The Middleby 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.


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

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


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

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.

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.

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