Head-To-Head Contrast: SodaStream International (SODA) vs. National Beverage Corp. (FIZZ)

SodaStream International (NASDAQ: SODA) and National Beverage Corp. (NASDAQ:FIZZ) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares SodaStream International and National Beverage Corp.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SodaStream International 11.89% 14.86% 12.04%
National Beverage Corp. 13.38% 49.70% 32.30%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for SodaStream International and National Beverage Corp., as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SodaStream International 0 2 1 0 2.33
National Beverage Corp. 2 1 0 0 1.33

SodaStream International presently has a consensus target price of $61.33, indicating a potential downside of 5.01%. National Beverage Corp. has a consensus target price of $85.67, indicating a potential downside of 21.54%. Given SodaStream International’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe SodaStream International is more favorable than National Beverage Corp..

Volatility and Risk

SodaStream International has a beta of 1.22, suggesting that its share price is 22% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, National Beverage Corp. has a beta of 0.59, suggesting that its share price is 41% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares SodaStream International and National Beverage Corp.’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SodaStream International $501.96 million 2.80 $89.48 million $2.70 23.91
National Beverage Corp. $869.64 million 5.85 $189.51 million $2.50 43.68

National Beverage Corp. has higher revenue and earnings than SodaStream International. SodaStream International 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.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

47.7% of SodaStream International shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 21.8% of National Beverage Corp. shares are owned by institutional investors. 75.2% of National Beverage Corp. shares are owned by company 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.

Summary

National Beverage Corp. beats SodaStream International on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About SodaStream International

SodaStream International Ltd. is a sparkling water company. The Company manufactures, distributes and sells home beverage carbonation systems, which enable consumers to transform ordinary tap water into sparkling water and flavored sparkling water. The Company’s segments include The Americas, Western Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEMEA). The Americas segment consists of the United States, Canada and other markets in North America, Central America and South America, which are influenced by the consumption culture of the United States. The Western Europe segment consists of its markets in Western and Northern Europe, which are characterized by high price levels. Its Asia-Pacific segment consists of its markets in Australia and New Zealand, together with other markets in East Asia, including Japan and South Korea. The CEMEA segment consists of its markets in Central and Eastern Europe, Israel and South Africa.

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.

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