Financial Comparison: Blue Buffalo Pet Products (BUFF) vs. The Competition

Blue Buffalo Pet Products (NASDAQ: BUFF) is one of 19 publicly-traded companies in the “CON PRD-MISC STAPLES” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Blue Buffalo Pet Products to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk and profitability.

Risk & Volatility

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Blue Buffalo Pet Products has a beta of 1.41, indicating that its stock price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Blue Buffalo Pet Products’ peers have a beta of 0.90, indicating that their average stock price is 10% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

94.8% of Blue Buffalo Pet Products shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 82.5% of shares of all “CON PRD-MISC STAPLES” companies are held by institutional investors. 7.7% of Blue Buffalo Pet Products shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 5.2% of shares of all “CON PRD-MISC STAPLES” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Blue Buffalo Pet Products and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Blue Buffalo Pet Products 15.18% 77.83% 24.37%
Blue Buffalo Pet Products Competitors 7.50% 77.93% 7.58%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Blue Buffalo Pet Products and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Blue Buffalo Pet Products 2 7 5 0 2.21
Blue Buffalo Pet Products Competitors 98 569 698 31 2.47

Blue Buffalo Pet Products currently has a consensus target price of $34.64, suggesting a potential downside of 13.10%. As a group, “CON PRD-MISC STAPLES” companies have a potential upside of 20.96%. Given Blue Buffalo Pet Products’ peers stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Blue Buffalo Pet Products has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Blue Buffalo Pet Products and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Blue Buffalo Pet Products $1.27 billion $193.52 million 41.09
Blue Buffalo Pet Products Competitors $7.93 billion $546.18 million 8.76

Blue Buffalo Pet Products’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than Blue Buffalo Pet Products. Blue Buffalo Pet Products is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Blue Buffalo Pet Products peers beat Blue Buffalo Pet Products on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About Blue Buffalo Pet Products

Blue Buffalo Pet Products, Inc. (BBPP) is a holding company. The Company operates as a pet food company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, develops, produces, markets and sells pet food under product lines, including BLUE Life Protection Formula, BLUE Wilderness, BLUE Basics, BLUE Freedom and BLUE Natural Veterinary Diet lines. Its product lines of pet food include various product types for dogs and cats. The Company categorizes its products as dry foods, and wet foods, treats and other products. It has a product portfolio across various product types, including diet types, breed sizes for dogs, life stages, flavors, product functions, and textures and cuts for wet foods. BLUE Wilderness is a high-meat, high-protein and grain-free ancestral feeding line. BLUE Basics is a line of limited ingredient diet products for pets with food sensitivities. BLUE Freedom is a grain-free line. BLUE Natural Veterinary Diet is a line of Therapeutic diets for pets, offered through veterinarians.

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