Financial Review: Compania Cervecerias Unidas (CCU) versus Companhia de Bebidas das Americas (NYSE:ABV)

Compania Cervecerias Unidas (NYSE: CCU) and Companhia de Bebidas das Americas (NYSE:ABV) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares Compania Cervecerias Unidas and Companhia de Bebidas das Americas’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Compania Cervecerias Unidas 7.58% 10.48% 6.88%
Companhia de Bebidas das Americas N/A N/A N/A

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Compania Cervecerias Unidas and Companhia de Bebidas das Americas’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Compania Cervecerias Unidas $2.31 billion 2.02 $153.99 million N/A N/A
Companhia de Bebidas das Americas N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Compania Cervecerias Unidas has higher revenue and earnings than Companhia de Bebidas das Americas.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

13.6% of Compania Cervecerias Unidas 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, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Compania Cervecerias Unidas pays an annual dividend of $0.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. Companhia de Bebidas das Americas does not pay a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Compania Cervecerias Unidas and Companhia de Bebidas das Americas, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Compania Cervecerias Unidas 0 1 0 0 2.00
Companhia de Bebidas das Americas 0 0 0 0 N/A

Compania Cervecerias Unidas currently has a consensus target price of $25.00, suggesting a potential downside of 0.95%.

Summary

Compania Cervecerias Unidas beats Companhia de Bebidas das Americas on 7 of the 7 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Compania Cervecerias Unidas

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.

About Companhia de Bebidas das Americas

Companhia de Bebidas das Americas – Ambev (Ambev) is a Brazil-based company. AmBev and its subsidiaries produce, distribute and sell beer, carbonated soft drinks (CSDs) and other non-alcoholic and non-carbonated products in over 15 countries across the Americas. The Company conducts its operations through three business units: Latin America North includes its operations in Brazil, where Ambev operates two divisions: beer sales (Beer Brazil) and carbonated soft drinks and non-alcoholic non-carbonated sales (CSD & NANC Brazil), and its Hispanic Latin America Operations, Excluding Latin America South (HILA-Ex), which includes its operations in the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Ecuador, Guatemala (which also serves El Salvador and Nicaragua) and Peru; Latin America South includes its operations in Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay and Chile, and Canada, represented by Labatt’s operations includes domestic sales in Canada and some exports to the United States market.

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