AdvancePierre Foods (NYSE: APFH) is one of 42 publicly-traded companies in the “Food Processing” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare AdvancePierre Foods to similar companies based on the strength of its risk, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, profitability, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Dividends

AdvancePierre Foods pays an annual dividend of $0.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. AdvancePierre Foods pays out 31.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Food Processing” companies pay a dividend yield of 0.6% and pay out 9.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

64.0% of shares of all “Food Processing” companies are owned by institutional investors. 11.2% of shares of all “Food Processing” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for AdvancePierre Foods and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AdvancePierre Foods 0 3 0 0 2.00
AdvancePierre Foods Competitors 288 1609 1947 53 2.45

AdvancePierre Foods presently has a consensus target price of $37.67, indicating a potential downside of 6.42%. As a group, “Food Processing” companies have a potential upside of 3.70%. Given AdvancePierre Foods’ competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe AdvancePierre Foods has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Profitability

This table compares AdvancePierre Foods and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AdvancePierre Foods 7.00% N/A 8.96%
AdvancePierre Foods Competitors 3.54% 9.53% 4.35%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares AdvancePierre Foods and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
AdvancePierre Foods N/A N/A 19.63
AdvancePierre Foods Competitors $10.42 billion $577.33 million 739.55

AdvancePierre Foods’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than AdvancePierre Foods. AdvancePierre Foods is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

AdvancePierre Foods competitors beat AdvancePierre Foods on 9 of the 12 factors compared.

About AdvancePierre Foods

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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