Colgate-Palmolive (CL) and Church & Dwight (CHD) Head to Head Comparison

Colgate-Palmolive (NYSE: CL) and Church & Dwight (NYSE:CHD) are both large-cap consumer staples companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, risk, institutional ownership and valuation.

Risk & Volatility

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Colgate-Palmolive has a beta of 0.79, meaning that its share price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Church & Dwight has a beta of 0.43, meaning that its share price is 57% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Colgate-Palmolive and Church & Dwight’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Colgate-Palmolive $15.45 billion 3.87 $2.02 billion $2.28 29.99
Church & Dwight $3.78 billion 3.06 $743.40 million $2.92 16.20

Colgate-Palmolive has higher revenue and earnings than Church & Dwight. Church & Dwight is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Colgate-Palmolive, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

73.6% of Colgate-Palmolive shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 83.6% of Church & Dwight shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of Colgate-Palmolive shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.0% of Church & Dwight shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Colgate-Palmolive and Church & Dwight’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Colgate-Palmolive 13.10% 1,716.69% 20.17%
Church & Dwight 19.69% 24.95% 9.40%

Dividends

Colgate-Palmolive pays an annual dividend of $1.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. Church & Dwight pays an annual dividend of $0.87 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. Colgate-Palmolive pays out 70.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Church & Dwight pays out 29.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Colgate-Palmolive has increased its dividend for 12 consecutive years and Church & Dwight has increased its dividend for 54 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Colgate-Palmolive and Church & Dwight, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Colgate-Palmolive 2 8 4 0 2.14
Church & Dwight 4 6 5 0 2.07

Colgate-Palmolive currently has a consensus price target of $77.36, suggesting a potential upside of 13.14%. Church & Dwight has a consensus price target of $51.67, suggesting a potential upside of 9.23%. Given Colgate-Palmolive’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Colgate-Palmolive is more favorable than Church & Dwight.

Summary

Colgate-Palmolive beats Church & Dwight on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Colgate-Palmolive

Colgate-Palmolive Company (Colgate) is a consumer products company. The Company operates in two product segments: Oral, Personal and Home Care, and Pet Nutrition. The Oral, Personal and Home Care product segment is operated through five geographic segments, which include North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Africa/Eurasia. The Company’s oral care products include Colgate Total, Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief, Colgate Max Fresh and Colgate Optic White. The Company is also engaged in various product categories of the personal care market with operations in liquid hand soap, which it sells under the Palmolive, Protex and Softsoap brands. The Company manufactures and markets a range of products for the home care market, including Palmolive and Ajax dishwashing liquids, Fabuloso and Ajax household cleaners and Murphy’s Oil Soap. The Company, through its Hill’s Pet Nutrition segment (Hill’s), manufactures pet nutrition products for dogs and cats.

About Church & Dwight

Church & Dwight Co., Inc. develops, manufactures and markets a range of household, personal care and specialty products. The Company’s segments include Consumer Domestic, Consumer International and Specialty Products Division (SPD). The Company also sells specialty products to industrial customers and distributors. The Consumer Domestic segment includes various brands, as well as other household and personal care products, such as KABOOM cleaning products, ARRID antiperspirant, CLOSE-UP and AIM toothpastes and SIMPLY SALINE nasal saline moisturizer. The Consumer International segment markets a range of personal care products, household and over-the-counter products in international markets, including Canada, France, China, Australia, the United Kingdom, Mexico and Brazil. The Company’s SPD segment is a producer of sodium bicarbonate, which it sells together with other specialty inorganic chemicals for various industrial, institutional, medical and food applications.

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