SYSCO (SYY) versus Innovative Food (IVFH) Head to Head Contrast

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SYSCO (NYSE:SYY) and Innovative Food (OTCMKTS:IVFH) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, dividends and risk.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares SYSCO and Innovative Food’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SYSCO $58.73 billion 0.57 $1.43 billion $3.14 20.83
Innovative Food N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

SYSCO has higher revenue and earnings than Innovative Food.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for SYSCO and Innovative Food, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SYSCO 1 5 5 0 2.36
Innovative Food 0 0 0 0 N/A

SYSCO currently has a consensus target price of $72.92, indicating a potential upside of 11.48%. Given SYSCO’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe SYSCO is more favorable than Innovative Food.


SYSCO pays an annual dividend of $1.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. Innovative Food does not pay a dividend. SYSCO pays out 49.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. SYSCO has raised its dividend for 48 consecutive years.


This table compares SYSCO and Innovative Food’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SYSCO 2.48% 71.45% 9.40%
Innovative Food N/A N/A N/A

Insider & Institutional Ownership

79.1% of SYSCO shares are owned by institutional investors. 7.9% of SYSCO shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


SYSCO beats Innovative Food on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.


Sysco Corporation, through its subsidiaries, markets and distributes a range of food and related products primarily to the foodservice or food-away-from-home industry. It operates through three segments: U.S. Foodservice Operations, International Foodservice Operations, and SYGMA. The company distributes a line of frozen foods, such as meats, seafood, fully prepared entrees, fruits, vegetables, and desserts; a line of canned and dry foods; fresh meats and seafood; dairy products; beverage products; imported specialties; and fresh produce. It also supplies various non-food items, including paper products comprising disposable napkins, plates, and cups; tableware consisting of China and silverware; cookware, which include pots, pans, and utensils; restaurant and kitchen equipment and supplies; and cleaning supplies. The company serves restaurants, hospitals and nursing homes, schools and colleges, hotels and motels, industrial caterers, and other foodservice venues. As of June 30, 2018, it operated 332 distribution facilities in North America and Europe. Sysco Corporation was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

About Innovative Food

Innovative Food Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides perishables, specialty food products, and healthcare products to restaurants, hotels, country clubs, national chain accounts, casinos, hospitals, and catering houses in the United States and internationally. The company distributes approximately 7,000 perishable and specialty food products, including seafood, domestic and imported meats, exotic game and poultry, artisanal cheeses, prepared meals, caviar, wild and cultivated mushrooms, micro-greens, organic farmed and manufactured food products, estate-bottled olive oils, and aged vinegars. It also provides foodservice consulting and advisory services; and sales and brand management services for organic and specialty food consumer packaged goods companies. The company offers its products directly from its network of vendors and warehouses, as well as through and Websites. Innovative Food Holdings, Inc. is based in Bonita Springs, Florida.

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