Financial Survey: Blue Buffalo Pet Products (BUFF) vs. Service Co. International (SCI)

Blue Buffalo Pet Products (NASDAQ: BUFF) and Service Co. International (NYSE:SCI) are both mid-cap consumer staples companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, risk and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

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This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Blue Buffalo Pet Products and Service Co. International, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Blue Buffalo Pet Products 2 7 5 0 2.21
Service Co. International 1 0 4 0 2.60

Blue Buffalo Pet Products presently has a consensus price target of $34.64, indicating a potential downside of 13.08%. Service Co. International has a consensus price target of $44.50, indicating a potential upside of 20.17%. Given Service Co. International’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Service Co. International is more favorable than Blue Buffalo Pet Products.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Blue Buffalo Pet Products and Service Co. International’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Blue Buffalo Pet Products $1.27 billion 6.12 $193.52 million $0.97 41.08
Service Co. International $3.10 billion 2.21 $546.66 million $2.85 12.99

Service Co. International has higher revenue and earnings than Blue Buffalo Pet Products. Service Co. International is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Blue Buffalo Pet Products, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Service Co. International pays an annual dividend of $0.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. Blue Buffalo Pet Products does not pay a dividend. Service Co. International pays out 23.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Blue Buffalo Pet Products has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

94.8% of Blue Buffalo Pet Products shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 87.0% of Service Co. International shares are held by institutional investors. 7.7% of Blue Buffalo Pet Products shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 6.2% of Service Co. International shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

Blue Buffalo Pet Products has a beta of 1.41, meaning that its stock price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Service Co. International has a beta of 0.98, meaning that its stock price is 2% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Blue Buffalo Pet Products and Service Co. International’s 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%
Service Co. International 17.66% 23.68% 2.38%

Summary

Blue Buffalo Pet Products beats Service Co. International on 10 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Blue Buffalo Pet Products

Blue Buffalo Pet Products, Inc., through its subsidiary, Blue Buffalo Company, Ltd., operates as a pet food company in the United States, Canada, Japan, and Mexico. It develops, produces, markets, and sells dog and cat food under the BLUE Life Protection Formula, BLUE Wilderness, BLUE Basics, BLUE Freedom, and BLUE Natural Veterinary Diet lines. The company sells its products to retail partners and distributors in specialty channels, including national pet superstore chains, regional pet store chains, neighborhood pet stores, farm and feed stores, e-commerce retailers, military outlets, hardware stores, and veterinary clinics and hospitals. Blue Buffalo Pet Products, Inc. was founded in 2002 and is headquartered in Wilton, Connecticut.

About Service Co. International

Service Corporation International is a provider of deathcare products and services, with a network of funeral service locations and cemeteries. The Company’s segments include Funeral, Cemetery and Corporate. It conducts both funeral and cemetery operations in the United States and Canada. As December 31, 2016, it operated 1,502 funeral service locations and 470 cemeteries, including 281 funeral service/cemetery combination locations, which are geographically diversified across 45 states, eight Canadian provinces, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. It offers various brands, such as Dignity Memorial, Dignity Planning, National Cremation Society, Advantage Funeral and Cremation Services, and Funeraria del Angel. Its funeral service and cemetery operations consist of funeral service locations, cemeteries, funeral service/cemetery combination locations, crematoria, and related businesses. It sells cemetery property, and funeral and cemetery merchandise and services.

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