Head to Head Comparison: J M Smucker (SJM) & Its Peers

J M Smucker (NYSE: SJM) is one of 103 public companies in the “FOOD” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare J M Smucker to similar businesses based on the strength of its valuation, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

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This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for J M Smucker and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
J M Smucker 3 6 5 0 2.14
J M Smucker Competitors 631 2730 2790 115 2.38

J M Smucker currently has a consensus price target of $128.75, suggesting a potential upside of 8.41%. As a group, “FOOD” companies have a potential upside of 16.46%. Given J M Smucker’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe J M Smucker has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
J M Smucker 17.16% 12.46% 5.72%
J M Smucker Competitors -115.42% -4.08% 1.20%

Volatility and Risk

J M Smucker has a beta of 0.62, indicating that its share price is 38% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, J M Smucker’s peers have a beta of 0.68, indicating that their average share price is 32% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares J M Smucker and its peers revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
J M Smucker $7.39 billion $592.30 million 10.69
J M Smucker Competitors $7.59 billion $479.72 million 15.31

J M Smucker’s peers have higher revenue, but lower earnings than J M Smucker. J M Smucker is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Dividends

J M Smucker pays an annual dividend of $3.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.6%. J M Smucker pays out 28.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “FOOD” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.1% and pay out 35.0% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. J M Smucker has raised its dividend for 16 consecutive years. J M Smucker is clearly a better dividend stock than its peers, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

77.6% of J M Smucker shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 57.0% of shares of all “FOOD” companies are held by institutional investors. 3.5% of J M Smucker shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 17.2% of shares of all “FOOD” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

J M Smucker peers beat J M Smucker on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

J M Smucker Company Profile

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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