Critical Survey: Compania Cervecerias Unidas (CCU) vs. Carlsberg A/S (CABGY)

Compania Cervecerias Unidas (NYSE: CCU) and Carlsberg A/S (OTCMKTS:CABGY) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, earnings and institutional ownership.

Valuation & Earnings

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This table compares Compania Cervecerias Unidas and Carlsberg A/S’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Compania Cervecerias Unidas $2.55 billion 2.11 $194.41 million $0.95 30.57
Carlsberg A/S $9.39 billion 1.50 $191.24 million $0.98 24.11

Compania Cervecerias Unidas has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Carlsberg A/S. Carlsberg A/S is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Compania Cervecerias Unidas, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Compania Cervecerias Unidas pays an annual dividend of $0.34 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Carlsberg A/S pays an annual dividend of $0.37 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. Compania Cervecerias Unidas pays out 35.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Carlsberg A/S pays out 37.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years.

Risk and Volatility

Compania Cervecerias Unidas has a beta of 0.24, indicating that its stock price is 76% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Carlsberg A/S has a beta of 1.29, indicating that its stock price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Compania Cervecerias Unidas and Carlsberg A/S, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Compania Cervecerias Unidas 0 1 1 0 2.50
Carlsberg A/S 1 3 1 0 2.00

Compania Cervecerias Unidas currently has a consensus price target of $25.00, indicating a potential downside of 13.91%. Given Compania Cervecerias Unidas’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Compania Cervecerias Unidas is more favorable than Carlsberg A/S.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

14.2% of Compania Cervecerias Unidas shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.2% of Carlsberg A/S shares are held by institutional investors. 8.4% of Compania Cervecerias Unidas shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Compania Cervecerias Unidas and Carlsberg A/S’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Compania Cervecerias Unidas 7.66% 11.10% 7.19%
Carlsberg A/S N/A N/A N/A

Summary

Compania Cervecerias Unidas beats Carlsberg A/S on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Compania Cervecerias Unidas Company Profile

Compania Cervecerias Unidas S.A. is a diversified beverage company operating principally in Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Paraguay and Uruguay. The Company operates as a brewer, soft drinks producer, water and nectar producer, wine producer and pisco distributor. The Company’s segments include Chile, International Business and Wine. The Company carries a portfolio of products, which includes a range of brands of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beer, with Cristal as its primary brand in Chile. In addition, it produces and distributes Heineken beer; distributes Sol beer and Budweiser beer, and distributes and produces Kunstmann and Austral beer in Chile. The International Business segment includes operations in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. The Company, through Vina San Pedro Tarapaca S.A. (VSPT), produces and markets a range of wine products for the domestic and mainly the export market.

Carlsberg A/S Company Profile

Carlsberg A/S is a Denmark-based company active within the brewing industry. It is primarily engaged in the production, marketing and sale of beer and soft drinks. The Company’s portfolio consists of a range of beer and cider brands, including Carlsberg, Kronenbourg, Baltika, Somersby, Holsten, Tuborg, Lav and Lvivske, among others. Its operations are divided in geographical segments: Western Europe, Eastern Europe and Asia. The Company is also present in a number of markets where it does not operate its own breweries, through license business and export. Additionally, the Company has interests in development and sales of real estate. It operates through numerous subsidiaries in Europe and Asia, including Carlsberg Danmark A/S, Carlsberg Sverige AB, Carlsberg Bulgaria AD, Baltika Breweries OAO and Carlsberg Brewery Hong Kong Ltd, among others.

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