Contrasting Farmer Brothers (FARM) & Its Rivals

Farmer Brothers (NASDAQ: FARM) is one of 7 public companies in the “Miscellaneous food preparations & kindred products” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Farmer Brothers to related companies based on the strength of its profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, risk and earnings.

Earnings & Valuation

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This table compares Farmer Brothers and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Farmer Brothers $541.50 million $24.40 million 42.64
Farmer Brothers Competitors $1.93 billion $178.24 million 29.58

Farmer Brothers’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than Farmer Brothers. Farmer Brothers is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Farmer Brothers and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Farmer Brothers 0 0 2 0 3.00
Farmer Brothers Competitors 18 116 155 5 2.50

Farmer Brothers presently has a consensus target price of $39.75, suggesting a potential upside of 33.17%. As a group, “Miscellaneous food preparations & kindred products” companies have a potential downside of 3.23%. Given Farmer Brothers’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Farmer Brothers is more favorable than its peers.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

56.3% of Farmer Brothers shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 56.0% of shares of all “Miscellaneous food preparations & kindred products” companies are owned by institutional investors. 9.2% of Farmer Brothers shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 13.3% of shares of all “Miscellaneous food preparations & kindred products” companies are owned by company 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.

Risk and Volatility

Farmer Brothers has a beta of 0.47, indicating that its share price is 53% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Farmer Brothers’ peers have a beta of 0.32, indicating that their average share price is 68% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Farmer Brothers and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Farmer Brothers -2.98% 4.43% 2.25%
Farmer Brothers Competitors 7.42% 18.07% 9.85%

Summary

Farmer Brothers peers beat Farmer Brothers on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About Farmer Brothers

Farmer Bros. Co. engages in the manufacture, wholesale, and distribution of coffee, tea, and culinary products in the United States. The company offers roast and ground coffee; frozen liquid coffee; flavored and unflavored iced and hot teas; culinary products, including gelatins and puddings, soup bases, dressings, gravy and sauce mixes, pancake and biscuit mixes, jellies and preserves, and coffee-related products, such as coffee filters, sugar, and creamers; spices; and other beverages comprising cappuccino, cocoa, granitas, and ready-to-drink iced coffee. It sells its products under the Farmer Brothers, Artisan Collection by Farmer Brothers, Superior, Metropolitan, China Mist, Direct Trade, Fair Trade Certified, Rainforest Alliance Certified, Un Momento, Collaborative Coffee, Cain's, and McGarvey brand names, as well as under various private labels. The company serves small independent restaurants, foodservice operators, restaurant and convenience store chains, hotels, casinos, healthcare facilities, gourmet coffee houses, and grocery chains. It distributes its products through direct-store-delivery network, and common carriers or third-party distributors, as well as Website. Farmer Bros. Co. was founded in 1912 and is headquartered in Northlake, Texas.

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