Greencore (OTCMKTS: GNCGY) and Farmer Brothers (NASDAQ:FARM) are both small-cap consumer staples companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, dividends, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and valuation.
Greencore pays an annual dividend of $0.25 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.8%. Farmer Brothers does not pay a dividend. Greencore pays out 32.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.
This table compares Greencore and Farmer Brothers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Institutional and Insider Ownership
0.0% of Greencore shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 56.5% of Farmer Brothers shares are held by institutional investors. 9.3% of Farmer Brothers shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Greencore and Farmer Brothers’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Greencore||$2.94 billion||0.53||$15.46 million||$0.78||11.36|
|Farmer Brothers||$541.50 million||0.91||$24.40 million||$0.70||41.50|
Farmer Brothers has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Greencore. Greencore is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Farmer Brothers, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Volatility and Risk
Greencore has a beta of 1.97, indicating that its stock price is 97% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Farmer Brothers has a beta of 0.47, indicating that its stock price is 53% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Greencore and Farmer Brothers, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Farmer Brothers has a consensus target price of $39.75, suggesting a potential upside of 36.83%. Given Farmer Brothers’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Farmer Brothers is more favorable than Greencore.
Farmer Brothers beats Greencore on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.
Greencore Company Profile
Greencore Group plc produces and sells various food products primarily in the United Kingdom and the United States. It operates through Convenience Foods UK & Ireland, Convenience Foods US, and Ingredients and Property segments. The company provides sandwiches, wraps, rolls, sub-rolls, flatbreads, baguettes, bagels, prepared salads, and sushi products; and prepared meals, such as chilled ready meals, chilled sauces and soups, and quiches. It also offers grocery products comprising cooking sauces, table sauces, pickles, Yorkshire puddings, cakes, and desserts, as well as various convenience food products; and frozen breakfast sandwiches, kid, frozen sandwiches, and salad kits. It provides its products primarily through retailers, coffee shops, grocery stores, convenience stores, supermarket and high street chains, and petrol forecourts. Greencore Group plc was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland.
Farmer Brothers Company Profile
Farmer Bros. Co. engages in the manufacture, wholesale, and distribution of coffee, tea, and culinary products in the United States. The company offers roast and ground coffee; frozen liquid coffee; flavored and unflavored iced and hot teas; culinary products, including gelatins and puddings, soup bases, dressings, gravy and sauce mixes, pancake and biscuit mixes, jellies and preserves, and coffee-related products, such as coffee filters, sugar, and creamers; spices; and other beverages comprising cappuccino, cocoa, granitas, and ready-to-drink iced coffee. It sells its products under the Farmer Brothers, Artisan Collection by Farmer Brothers, Superior, Metropolitan, China Mist, Direct Trade, Fair Trade Certified, Rainforest Alliance Certified, Un Momento, Collaborative Coffee, Cain's, and McGarvey brand names, as well as under various private labels. The company serves small independent restaurants, foodservice operators, restaurant and convenience store chains, hotels, casinos, healthcare facilities, gourmet coffee houses, and grocery chains. It distributes its products through direct-store-delivery network, and common carriers or third-party distributors, as well as Website. Farmer Bros. Co. was founded in 1912 and is headquartered in Northlake, Texas.
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