Ingredion (NYSE: INGR) and Darling Ingredients (NYSE:DAR) are both mid-cap consumer staples companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, risk, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation and analyst recommendations.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Ingredion and Darling Ingredients’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Ingredion||$5.70 billion||1.80||$485.00 million||$6.98||20.49|
|Darling Ingredients||$3.40 billion||0.90||$102.31 million||$0.38||48.95|
Ingredion pays an annual dividend of $2.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Darling Ingredients does not pay a dividend. Ingredion pays out 34.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Darling Ingredients has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
84.9% of Ingredion shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 97.7% of Darling Ingredients shares are held by institutional investors. 1.9% of Ingredion shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.0% of Darling Ingredients shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
This table compares Ingredion and Darling Ingredients’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Ingredion and Darling Ingredients, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Ingredion currently has a consensus price target of $142.00, indicating a potential downside of 0.70%. Darling Ingredients has a consensus price target of $19.40, indicating a potential upside of 4.30%. Given Darling Ingredients’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Darling Ingredients is more favorable than Ingredion.
Volatility and Risk
Ingredion has a beta of 0.72, indicating that its share price is 28% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Darling Ingredients has a beta of 1.52, indicating that its share price is 52% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Darling Ingredients beats Ingredion on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.
Ingredion Incorporated is an ingredients solutions provider. The Company manufactures and sells sweetener, starches, nutrition ingredients and biomaterial solutions derived from the wet milling and processing of corn and other starch-based materials to a range of industries, both domestically and internationally. It operates through four segments: North America, South America, Asia Pacific, and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). It turns corn, tapioca, potatoes, and other vegetables and fruits into ingredients and biomaterials for the food, beverage, paper and corrugating, brewing and other industries. Its product line includes animal feed products and edible corn oil. Its sweetener products include glucose syrups, high maltose syrup, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), caramel color, dextrose, polyols, maltodextrins and glucose and syrup solids. Its starch-based products include both food-grade and industrial starches, and biomaterials. It also offers specialty ingredients.
About Darling Ingredients
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.
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