Comparing B&G Foods (BGS) & Nestle (NSRGY)

B&G Foods (NYSE: BGS) and Nestle (OTCMKTS:NSRGY) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership and risk.

Profitability

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This table compares B&G Foods and Nestle’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
B&G Foods 13.04% 17.29% 4.33%
Nestle N/A N/A N/A

Dividends

B&G Foods pays an annual dividend of $1.86 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.5%. Nestle pays an annual dividend of $1.92 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.5%. B&G Foods pays out 57.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. B&G Foods has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years. B&G Foods is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares B&G Foods and Nestle’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
B&G Foods $1.67 billion 0.99 $217.46 million $3.26 7.59
Nestle $91.22 billion 2.67 $7.30 billion N/A N/A

Nestle has higher revenue and earnings than B&G Foods.

Risk and Volatility

B&G Foods has a beta of 0.19, suggesting that its stock price is 81% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Nestle has a beta of 0.58, suggesting that its stock price is 42% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

97.4% of B&G Foods shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 1.4% of Nestle shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.1% of B&G Foods shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for B&G Foods and Nestle, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
B&G Foods 1 3 5 0 2.44
Nestle 0 2 0 0 2.00

B&G Foods currently has a consensus target price of $37.63, indicating a potential upside of 52.02%. Given B&G Foods’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe B&G Foods is more favorable than Nestle.

Summary

B&G Foods beats Nestle on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

B&G Foods Company Profile

B&G Foods, Inc. manufactures, sells, and distributes a portfolio of shelf-stable and frozen foods in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. Its products include frozen and canned vegetables, hot cereals, fruit spreads, canned meats and beans, bagel chips, spices, seasonings, hot sauces, wine vinegars, maple syrups, molasses, salad dressings, pizza crusts, Mexican-style sauces, dry soups, taco shells and kits, salsas, pickles, peppers, tomato-based products, puffed corn and rice snacks, cookies and crackers, nut clusters, and other specialty products. The company markets its products under various brands, including Ac'cent, B&G, B&M, Back to Nature, Baker's Joy, Bear Creek Country Kitchens, Brer Rabbit, Canoleo, Cary's, Cream of Rice, Cream of Wheat, Devonsheer, Don Pepino, Durkee, Emeril's, Grandma's Molasses, Green Giant, JJ Flats, Joan of Arc, Las Palmas, Le Sueur, MacDonald's, Mama Mary's, Maple Grove Farms of Vermont, Molly McButter, Mrs. Dash, New York Flatbreads, New York Style, Old London, Original Tings, Ortega, Pirate's Booty, Polaner, Red Devil, Regina, Sa-són, Sclafani, Smart Puffs, SnackWell's, Spice Islands, Spring Tree, Sugar Twin, Tone's, Trappey's, TrueNorth, Underwood, Vermont Maid, Victoria, Weber, and Wright's. It also sells, markets, and distributes household products under the Static Guard brand. B&G Foods, Inc. sells and distributes its products directly, as well as through a network of independent brokers and distributors to supermarket chains, food service outlets, mass merchants, warehouse clubs, non-food outlets, and specialty distributors. The company was formerly known as B&G Foods Holdings Corp. and changed its name to B&G Foods, Inc. in October 2004. B&G Foods, Inc. was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Parsippany, New Jersey.

Nestle Company Profile

Nestle S.A. is a nutrition, health and wellness company. The Company’s segments are Zone Europe, Middle East and North Africa (EMENA); Zone Americas (AMS); Zone Asia, Oceania and sub-Saharan Africa (AOA); Nestle Waters; Nestle Nutrition, and Other Businesses. The Company operates in the United States, Greater China Region, Switzerland and Rest of the World. The Company’s product categories include powered and liquid beverages; water; milk products and ice cream; nutrition and health science; prepared dishes and cooking aids; confectionery, and PetCare. Its other business activities include the operations of Nestle Professional, Nespresso, Nestle Health Science and Nestle Skin Health. It operates in approximately 190 countries throughout the world. It has sales in various countries, including the United States, Greater China Region, Brazil, Mexico, Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, Canada, France, Turkey, Ukraine, Georgia, Hungary, Malta, Romania, Spain and Switzerland.

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