Comparing Senomyx (SNMX) and J M Smucker (SJM)

Senomyx (NASDAQ: SNMX) and J M Smucker (NYSE:SJM) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, dividends, valuation, risk and institutional ownership.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

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29.6% of Senomyx shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 77.6% of J M Smucker shares are owned by institutional investors. 12.4% of Senomyx shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.5% of J M Smucker shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

Senomyx has a beta of 1.17, meaning that its share price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, J M Smucker has a beta of 0.62, meaning that its share price is 38% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Senomyx and J M Smucker’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Senomyx -4.31% -9.05% -5.82%
J M Smucker 17.16% 12.46% 5.72%

Dividends

J M Smucker pays an annual dividend of $3.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.6%. Senomyx does not pay a dividend. J M Smucker pays out 28.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. J M Smucker has increased its dividend for 16 consecutive years.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Senomyx and J M Smucker’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Senomyx $29.32 million 1.63 -$1.26 million ($0.03) -33.33
J M Smucker $7.39 billion 1.83 $592.30 million $11.11 10.69

J M Smucker has higher revenue and earnings than Senomyx. Senomyx is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than J M Smucker, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Senomyx and J M Smucker, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Senomyx 0 1 0 0 2.00
J M Smucker 3 6 5 0 2.14

Senomyx currently has a consensus target price of $2.00, indicating a potential upside of 100.00%. J M Smucker has a consensus target price of $128.75, indicating a potential upside of 8.41%. Given Senomyx’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Senomyx is more favorable than J M Smucker.

Summary

J M Smucker beats Senomyx on 13 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Senomyx

Senomyx, Inc. is focused on using taste receptor technologies to discover, develop and commercialize flavor ingredients for the packaged food, beverage and ingredient supply industries. The Company operates through development and commercialization of flavor ingredients segment. It is engaged in the discovery, development and/or commercialization of flavor ingredients through over five programs. The Sweet Taste Program is focused on developing flavor ingredients or discovering natural sweeteners. The Savory Flavor Program is focused at flavor ingredients to be used in product categories, such as ready meals, sauces, soups and snack foods. The Bitter Blocker Program is focused on flavor ingredients used in products that contain bitter tastants. The Cooling Taste Program is focused at flavor ingredients used in products that consist of cooling agents. The salt taste modifier program is focused on reduction of the level of salt contained in packaged food and beverage products.

About J M Smucker

The J. M. Smucker Company is a manufacturer and marketer of branded food and beverage products and pet food and pet snacks in North America. The Company’s segments include U.S. Retail Coffee, U.S. Retail Consumer Foods, U.S. Retail Pet Foods, and International and Foodservice. The Company’s U.S. retail market segments consist of the sale of branded food products to consumers through retail outlets in North America. In the U.S. retail market segments, the Company’s products are sold to food retailers, food wholesalers, drug stores, club stores, mass merchandisers, discount and dollar stores, military commissaries, natural foods stores and distributors, and pet specialty stores. In International and Foodservice, the Company’s products are distributed domestically and in foreign countries through retail channels and foodservice distributors and operators, such as restaurants, lodging, schools and universities, healthcare operators.

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