Head-To-Head Comparison: John B. Sanfilippo & Son (JBSS) vs. Cosan (CZZ)

John B. Sanfilippo & Son (NASDAQ: JBSS) and Cosan (NYSE:CZZ) 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, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership and profitability.

Earnings and Valuation

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This table compares John B. Sanfilippo & Son and Cosan’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
John B. Sanfilippo & Son $846.64 million 0.77 $36.12 million N/A N/A
Cosan $4.25 billion 0.66 $172.57 million $0.33 32.00

Cosan has higher revenue and earnings than John B. Sanfilippo & Son.

Risk & Volatility

John B. Sanfilippo & Son has a beta of 1, meaning that its share price has a similar volatility profile to the S&P 500.Comparatively, Cosan has a beta of 2.36, meaning that its share price is 136% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for John B. Sanfilippo & Son and Cosan, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
John B. Sanfilippo & Son 0 1 0 0 2.00
Cosan 0 2 1 0 2.33

John B. Sanfilippo & Son currently has a consensus target price of $70.00, indicating a potential upside of 20.98%. Cosan has a consensus target price of $13.00, indicating a potential upside of 23.11%. Given Cosan’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Cosan is more favorable than John B. Sanfilippo & Son.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

69.7% of John B. Sanfilippo & Son shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 23.5% of Cosan shares are owned by institutional investors. 22.1% of John B. Sanfilippo & Son shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares John B. Sanfilippo & Son and Cosan’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
John B. Sanfilippo & Son 3.68% 13.78% 7.68%
Cosan 4.03% 5.68% 1.73%

Dividends

John B. Sanfilippo & Son pays an annual dividend of $0.50 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Cosan pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Cosan pays out 24.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Cosan beats John B. Sanfilippo & Son on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About John B. Sanfilippo & Son

John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, processes and distributes tree nuts and peanuts in the United States. It offers raw and processed nuts, including almonds, pecans, peanuts, black walnuts, English walnuts, cashews, macadamia nuts, pistachios, pine nuts, Brazil nuts, and filberts in various styles and seasonings. The company also offers peanut butter in various sizes and varieties; food and snack products, such as snack mixes, salad toppings, snacks, snack bites, trail mixes, dried fruit, and chocolate and yogurt coated products; baking ingredients; bulk food products; sunflower kernels, pepitas, almond butter, cashew butter, candy and confections, corn snacks, sesame sticks, and other sesame snack products; and various toppings for ice cream and yogurt. In addition, it operates a retail store. The company provides its products under the Fisher, Orchard Valley Harvest, and Sunshine Country brand names, as well as under various private brands. It serves retailers and wholesalers, and commercial ingredient and contract packaging customers through a network of independent brokers, distributors, and suppliers. The company also exports its products. John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc. was founded in 1959 and is headquartered in Elgin, Illinois.

About Cosan

Cosan Limited, together with its subsidiaries, engages in fuel and natural gas distribution, logistics, lubricant, sugar and ethanol, and fuel businesses primarily in Brazil and internationally. The company's Raízen Energia segment produces and markets various products derived from sugar cane, including raw sugar, and anhydrous and hydrated ethanol. This segment is also involved in activities related to energy cogeneration from sugarcane bagasse; and holds interests in companies involved in research and development on new technology. Its Raízen Combustíveis segment distributes and markets fuels, primarily through a franchised network of service stations under the Shell brand in Brazil. The company's COMGÁS segment distributes piped natural gas to customers in the industrial, residential, commercial, automotive, thermogeneration, and cogeneration sectors in part of the State of Sao Paulo. Its Cosan Logística segment provides logistics services for transport, storage, and port loading of commodities, primarily for sugar products; and leasing or lending of locomotives, wagons, and other railway equipment. The company's Lubricants segment produces and distributes lubricants under the Mobil brand and Comma name. Cosan Limited operates a network of approximately 6,000 Shell service stations and 960 convenience stores, as well as 67 distribution terminals and 64 airport terminals. The company was incorporated in 2007 and is based in São Paulo, Brazil.

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