Critical Contrast: Amplify Snack Brands, inc. (NYSE:BETR) versus J & J Snack Foods Corp. (JJSF)

J & J Snack Foods Corp. (NASDAQ: JJSF) and Amplify Snack Brands, inc. (NYSE:BETR) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, profitabiliy, valuation, dividends, earnings, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

68.0% of J & J Snack Foods Corp. shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 93.9% of Amplify Snack Brands, inc. shares are held by institutional investors. 21.0% of J & J Snack Foods Corp. shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 57.4% of Amplify Snack Brands, inc. shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares J & J Snack Foods Corp. and Amplify Snack Brands, inc.’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
J & J Snack Foods Corp. $1.01 billion 2.43 $155.37 million $4.11 31.96
Amplify Snack Brands, inc. $303.68 million 2.45 $78.64 million $0.26 38.54

J & J Snack Foods Corp. has higher revenue and earnings than Amplify Snack Brands, inc.. J & J Snack Foods Corp. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Amplify Snack Brands, inc., indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares J & J Snack Foods Corp. and Amplify Snack Brands, inc.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
J & J Snack Foods Corp. 7.60% 12.02% 9.67%
Amplify Snack Brands, inc. 6.39% 47.40% 3.25%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for J & J Snack Foods Corp. and Amplify Snack Brands, inc., as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
J & J Snack Foods Corp. 0 2 0 0 2.00
Amplify Snack Brands, inc. 0 5 3 0 2.38

J & J Snack Foods Corp. presently has a consensus target price of $127.50, suggesting a potential downside of 2.92%. Amplify Snack Brands, inc. has a consensus target price of $15.31, suggesting a potential upside of 52.82%. Given Amplify Snack Brands, inc.’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Amplify Snack Brands, inc. is more favorable than J & J Snack Foods Corp..

Dividends

J & J Snack Foods Corp. pays an annual dividend of $1.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. Amplify Snack Brands, inc. does not pay a dividend. J & J Snack Foods Corp. pays out 40.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Amplify Snack Brands, inc. has increased its dividend for 12 consecutive years.

Risk & Volatility

J & J Snack Foods Corp. has a beta of 0.73, suggesting that its share price is 27% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Amplify Snack Brands, inc. has a beta of 2, suggesting that its share price is 100% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Amplify Snack Brands, inc. beats J & J Snack Foods Corp. on 11 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

J & J Snack Foods Corp. Company Profile

J & J Snack Foods Corp. is a manufacturer, marketer and distributor of a range of snack foods and beverages for the food service and retail supermarket industries. The Company operates in three business segments: Food Service, Retail Supermarkets and Frozen Beverages. Its portfolio of products includes soft pretzels, frozen beverages, frozen juice treats and desserts, stuffed sandwiches, burritos, churros, fruit pies, funnel cakes, cookies and bakery goods, and other snack foods and drinks. Its principal snack food products are soft pretzels marketed primarily under brand names SUPERPRETZEL and BAVARIAN BAKERY; frozen juice treats and desserts marketed primarily under LUIGI’S, WHOLE FRUIT, ICEE, PHILLY SWIRL and MINUTE MAID brand names; churros marketed primarily under the TIO PEPE’S, CALIFORNIA CHURROS and OREO brand names, and bakery products sold primarily under the READI-BAKE, COUNTRY HOME, MARY B’S and DADDY RAY’S brand names, as well as for private label and contract packing.

Amplify Snack Brands, inc. Company Profile

Amplify Snack Brands, Inc. is a snack food company focused on developing and marketing products that appeal to consumers’ growing preference for better-for-you (BFY) snacks. The Company’s segments are North America and International. The North America and International segments both operate in the snack food category and whose brands and products are offered in the natural and conventional grocery, drug, convenience, food service, club, mass merchandise and other channels. Its anchor brand, SkinnyPop, is a BFY ready-to-eat (RTE) popcorn brand. The Company’s products consist of its brand, SkinnyPop, in addition to Tyrrells, Paqui, Oatmega, Thomas Chipman, the Wholesome Food Company and Lisa’s Chips. As of December 31, 2016, SkinnyPop started with three core ingredients: popcorn, sunflower oil and salt. The SkinnyPop portfolio consisted of six flavors: Original, White Cheddar flavor, Sea Salt & Pepper, Naturally Sweet, Jalapeno and Dusted Dark Chocolate flavor, as of December 31, 2016.

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