Weis Markets (NYSE: WMK) and Boulder Brands (NASDAQ:BDBD) are both non-cyclical consumer goods & services companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk and earnings.
This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Weis Markets and Boulder Brands, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
This table compares Weis Markets and Boulder Brands’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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Institutional and Insider Ownership
31.8% of Weis Markets shares are owned by institutional investors. 26.9% of Weis Markets shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Weis Markets and Boulder Brands’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Weis Markets||$3.14 billion||0.32||$87.16 million||$2.82||13.32|
Weis Markets has higher revenue and earnings than Boulder Brands. Weis Markets is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Boulder Brands, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Weis Markets pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.2%. Boulder Brands does not pay a dividend. Weis Markets pays out 42.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.
Weis Markets beats Boulder Brands on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Weis Markets
Weis Markets, Inc. is engaged principally in the retail sale of food in Pennsylvania and surrounding states. The Company’s retail food stores sell groceries, dairy products, frozen foods, meats, seafood, fresh produce, floral, pharmacy services, deli products, prepared foods, bakery products, beer and wine, fuel and general merchandise items, such as health and beauty care and household products. As of December 31, 2016, it had owned and operated approximately 204 retail food stores. The majority of the Company’s stores are concentrated in central and northeast Pennsylvania, central Maryland, suburban Washington, District of Columbia and Baltimore regions and New York’s Southern Tier. As of December 31, 2016, it had operated four stores in Delaware, 50 stores in Maryland, five stores in New Jersey, nine stores in New York, 121 stores in Pennsylvania, 13 stores in Virginia and two stores in West Virginia, for a total of 204 retail food stores operating under the Weis Markets name.
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.
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