Financial Analysis: National Beverage Corp. (FIZZ) and Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS)

National Beverage Corp. (NASDAQ: FIZZ) and Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE:DPS) are both mid-cap consumer staples companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability and dividends.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares National Beverage Corp. and Dr Pepper Snapple Group’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
National Beverage Corp. $869.64 million 5.85 $189.51 million $2.50 43.68
Dr Pepper Snapple Group $6.57 billion 2.44 $1.58 billion $4.17 21.17

Dr Pepper Snapple Group has higher revenue and earnings than National Beverage Corp.. Dr Pepper Snapple Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than National Beverage Corp., indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Dr Pepper Snapple Group pays an annual dividend of $2.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.6%. National Beverage Corp. does not pay a dividend. Dr Pepper Snapple Group pays out 55.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. National Beverage Corp. has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares National Beverage Corp. and Dr Pepper Snapple Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
National Beverage Corp. 13.38% 49.70% 32.30%
Dr Pepper Snapple Group 11.73% 38.28% 8.50%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

21.8% of National Beverage Corp. shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 90.0% of Dr Pepper Snapple Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 75.2% of National Beverage Corp. shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.6% of Dr Pepper Snapple Group shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

National Beverage Corp. has a beta of 0.59, meaning that its stock price is 41% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Dr Pepper Snapple Group has a beta of 0.61, meaning that its stock price is 39% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for National Beverage Corp. and Dr Pepper Snapple Group, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
National Beverage Corp. 2 1 0 0 1.33
Dr Pepper Snapple Group 0 6 4 0 2.40

National Beverage Corp. currently has a consensus price target of $85.67, indicating a potential downside of 21.54%. Dr Pepper Snapple Group has a consensus price target of $100.13, indicating a potential upside of 13.44%. Given Dr Pepper Snapple Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Dr Pepper Snapple Group is more favorable than National Beverage Corp..

Summary

Dr Pepper Snapple Group beats National Beverage Corp. on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About National Beverage Corp.

National Beverage Corp. is a holding company. The Company develops, produces, markets and sells a diverse portfolio of flavored beverage products primarily in North America. The Company’s brands consist of beverages geared to the active and health-conscious consumer (Power+ Brands), including sparkling waters, energy drinks and juices, and carbonated soft drinks in a range of flavors, including regular, sugar-free and reduced calorie options. In addition, the Company produces soft drinks for certain retailers, such as allied brands. The Company’s portfolio of Power+ Brands includes LaCroix, LaCroix Curate, LaCroix NiCola and Shasta sparkling water products; Rip It energy drinks and shots, and Everfresh, Everfresh Premier Varietals and Mr. Pure juice and juice-based products. The Company’s carbonated soft drinks include Shasta and Faygo, iconic brands. The Company had, as of April 30, 2016, 12 production facilities located near metropolitan markets across the continental United States.

About Dr Pepper Snapple Group

Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. is an integrated brand owner, manufacturer and distributor of non-alcoholic beverages in the United States, Mexico and Canada. The Company offers a diverse portfolio of flavored (non-cola) carbonated soft drinks (CSDs) and non-carbonated beverages (NCBs), including ready-to-drink teas, juices, juice drinks, water and mixers. The Company’s segments include Beverage Concentrates, Packaged Beverages and Latin America Beverages. The Company’s brand portfolio includes CSD brands, such as Dr Pepper, Canada Dry, Penafiel, Squirt, 7UP, Crush, A&W, Sunkist soda and Schweppes, and NCB brands, such as Snapple, Hawaiian Punch, Mott’s and Clamato. The Company’s NCB brands include Snapple, Hawaiian Punch, Mott’s, FIJI mineral water, Clamato, Yoo-Hoo, Deja Blue, Bai Brands, ReaLemon, AriZona tea, Vita Coco coconut water, Mr and Mrs T mixers, BodyArmor, Nantucket Nectars, Garden Cocktail, Mistic and Rose’s.

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