Boulder Brands (NASDAQ: BDBD) and US Foods (NYSE:USFD) are both non-cyclical consumer goods & services companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability and risk.

Profitability

This table compares Boulder Brands and US Foods’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Boulder Brands 0.61% 0.59% 0.50%
US Foods 1.11% 12.64% 3.61%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Boulder Brands and US Foods’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Boulder Brands N/A N/A N/A $0.01 1,103.00
US Foods $22.92 billion 0.31 $209.79 million $1.17 27.35

US Foods has higher revenue and earnings than Boulder Brands. US Foods is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Boulder Brands, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Boulder Brands and US Foods, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Boulder Brands 0 0 0 0 N/A
US Foods 0 3 6 0 2.67

US Foods has a consensus target price of $31.75, indicating a potential downside of 0.78%. Given US Foods’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe US Foods is more favorable than Boulder Brands.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

96.9% of US Foods shares are held by institutional investors. 1.6% of US Foods shares are held 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.

Summary

US Foods beats Boulder Brands on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Boulder Brands

Boulder Brands, Inc. is a natural consumer packaged food company. The Company’s health and wellness platform consists of brands that target specific health trends: the Glutino Food Group and Udi’s Healthy Foods, LLC’s Gluten Free brands for gluten free diets; the Earth Balance brand for plant-based diets; the Level Life brand for diabetic diets; EVOL Food branded foods for consumers seeking convenient foods made with pure and simple ingredients, and the Smart Balance brand for heart healthier diets. The Company distributes its products in all retail channels, including natural, grocery, club and mass merchandise. The Company also has a presence in the foodservice and industrial channels. The Company operates in two segments: Natural and Balance. The Natural segment consists of Udi’s, Glutino and EVOL branded products. The Balance segment consists of Smart Balance, Earth Balance and Level Life branded products.

About US Foods

US Foods Holding Corp. is a holding company. The Company is a foodservice distributor in the United States. The Company, through US Foods, Inc. (USF), markets and primarily distributes fresh, frozen and dry food and non-food products to foodservice customers throughout the United States. These customers include independently owned single and multi-unit restaurants, regional concepts, national restaurant chains, hospitals, nursing homes, hotels and motels, country clubs, government and military organizations, colleges and universities, and retail locations. As of December 31, 2016, the Company provided approximately 400,000 fresh, frozen, and dry food stock-keeping units (SKUs), as well as non-food items, sourced from over 5,000 suppliers. As of January 31, 2017, it maintained 75 primary operating facilities, consisting of its 60 distribution centers and other supporting facilities.

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