Darling Ingredients (DAR) vs. Kraft Heinz Foods (HNZ) Head-To-Head Comparison

Darling Ingredients (NYSE: DAR) and Kraft Heinz Foods (NYSE:HNZ) are both mid-cap consumer staples companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Darling Ingredients and Kraft Heinz Foods, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Darling Ingredients 0 1 4 0 2.80
Kraft Heinz Foods 0 2 1 0 2.33

Darling Ingredients presently has a consensus price target of $19.40, indicating a potential downside of 0.31%. Kraft Heinz Foods has a consensus price target of $17.65, indicating a potential downside of 5.87%. Given Darling Ingredients’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Darling Ingredients is more favorable than Kraft Heinz Foods.


This table compares Darling Ingredients and Kraft Heinz Foods’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Darling Ingredients 1.76% 2.96% 1.32%
Kraft Heinz Foods N/A N/A N/A

Insider and Institutional Ownership

97.7% of Darling Ingredients shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.0% of Darling Ingredients shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Darling Ingredients and Kraft Heinz Foods’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Darling Ingredients $3.40 billion 0.94 $102.31 million $0.39 49.90
Kraft Heinz Foods N/A N/A N/A $3.26 5.75

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


Darling Ingredients beats Kraft Heinz Foods on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Darling Ingredients Company Profile

Darling Ingredients Inc. (Darling) is a developer and producer of sustainable natural ingredients from edible and inedible bio-nutrients, creating a range of ingredients and customized specialty solutions for customers in the pharmaceutical, food, pet food, feed, industrial, fuel, bioenergy and fertilizer industries. The Company operates through three segments: Feed Ingredients, Food Ingredients and Fuel Ingredients. The Company collects and transforms all aspects of animal by-product streams into useable and specialty ingredients, such as gelatin, edible fats, feed-grade fats, animal proteins and meals, plasma, pet food ingredients, organic fertilizers, yellow grease, fuel feedstocks, green energy, natural casings and hides. In addition, the Company provides grease trap services to food service establishments, environmental services to food processors and sells restaurant cooking oil delivery and collection equipment.

Kraft Heinz Foods Company Profile

H. J. Heinz Company, together with its subsidiaries, is engaged in manufacturing and marketing a range of food products throughout the world. The Company’s principal products include ketchup, condiments and sauces, frozen food, soups, beans and pasta meals, infant nutrition and other food products. The Company’s products are manufactured and packaged to provide wholesome foods for consumers, as well as foodservice and institutional customers. The Company manufactures and contracts for the manufacture of its products from a variety of raw food materials. The Company operates in five segments: North American Consumer Products, Europe, Asia/Pacific, U.S. Foodservice and Rest of World. The Company owns or leases office space, warehouses, distribution centers and research and other facilities throughout the world.

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