Inventure Foods (NASDAQ: SNAK) and SunOpta (NASDAQ:STKL) are both small-cap consumer staples companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, valuation and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Inventure Foods and SunOpta, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Inventure Foods 0 2 0 0 2.00
SunOpta 0 2 3 0 2.60

Inventure Foods currently has a consensus target price of $8.00, suggesting a potential upside of 100.50%. SunOpta has a consensus target price of $8.50, suggesting a potential upside of 13.33%. Given Inventure Foods’ higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Inventure Foods is more favorable than SunOpta.

Volatility and Risk

Inventure Foods has a beta of 0.93, indicating that its stock price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SunOpta has a beta of 1.66, indicating that its stock price is 66% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Inventure Foods and SunOpta’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Inventure Foods $269.01 million 0.29 -$30.24 million ($3.39) -1.18
SunOpta $1.35 billion 0.48 -$51.18 million ($0.69) -10.87

Inventure Foods has higher earnings, but lower revenue than SunOpta. SunOpta is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Inventure Foods, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Inventure Foods and SunOpta’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Inventure Foods -34.84% -162.36% -8.34%
SunOpta -3.99% -2.98% -0.95%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

69.3% of Inventure Foods shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 79.3% of SunOpta shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.4% of Inventure Foods shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.9% of SunOpta shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

SunOpta beats Inventure Foods on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Inventure Foods

Inventure Foods, Inc. is a marketer and manufacturer of healthy/natural and indulgent specialty snack food brands. The Company operates in the snack products segment. The snack products segment produces potato chips, kettle chips, potato crisps, potato skins, pellet snacks, sheeted dough products and extruded products for sale primarily to snack food distributors and retailers. The products sold under its snack products segment includes products considered part of the indulgent specialty snack food category, as well as products considered part of the healthy/natural food category. Its Snack Products segment’s brands include Boulder Canyon, Nathan’s Famous, T.G.I. Friday’s, Poore Brothers, and Bob’s Texas Style.

About SunOpta

Sunopta Inc is a Canada-based company, which operates businesses focused on a healthy products portfolio. It operates through the following segments: Global Ingredients and Consumer Products. The Global Ingredients segment aggregates its North American and international raw material sourcing and supply operating segments focused on the procurement, processing and sale of specialty and organic grains, seeds, fruits, grain- and cocoa-based ingredients, and other commodities. The Consumer Products segment provides healthy and organic food products that are consumer-packaged to retailers, foodservice distributors and food manufacturers with a range of branded and private label products. It is focused on sourcing non-genetically modified (non-GMO) and organic ingredients, and manufacturing healthy food and beverage products. It manufactures packaged products focused on the healthy beverage, healthy fruit and healthy snack categories.

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