Reviewing Long Blockchain (LBCC) & National Beverage (FIZZ)

Long Blockchain (NASDAQ: LBCC) and National Beverage (NASDAQ:FIZZ) are both non-cyclical consumer goods & services companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, valuation and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares Long Blockchain and National Beverage’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Long Blockchain -251.64% -1,218.70% -302.57%
National Beverage 13.80% 54.30% 34.57%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Long Blockchain and National Beverage, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Long Blockchain 0 0 0 0 N/A
National Beverage 2 0 1 0 1.67

National Beverage has a consensus target price of $94.00, suggesting a potential downside of 6.47%. Given National Beverage’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe National Beverage is more favorable than Long Blockchain.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

1.8% of Long Blockchain shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 21.4% of National Beverage shares are held by institutional investors. 18.1% of Long Blockchain shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 75.2% of National Beverage shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Long Blockchain has a beta of -52.82, meaning that its stock price is 5,382% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, National Beverage has a beta of 0.55, meaning that its stock price is 45% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Long Blockchain and National Beverage’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Long Blockchain $4.56 million 12.07 -$10.44 million ($1.64) -3.35
National Beverage $826.92 million 5.77 $107.04 million $2.68 38.20

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

Summary

National Beverage beats Long Blockchain on 12 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Long Blockchain

Long Blockchain Corp., formerly Long Island Iced Tea Corp., is a holding company operating through its subsidiary, Long Island Brand Beverages, LLC (LIBB). The Company is engaged in the production and distribution of Non-Alcoholic Ready-to-Drink (NARTD) iced tea in the beverage industry. It is organized around its brand, Long Island Iced Tea. Long Island Iced Tea is sold primarily on the East Coast of the United States through a network of national and regional retail chains and distributors. The Company produces brewed tea, using black tea leaves, purified water and natural cane sugar or sucralose. The Company’s Long Island Iced Tea’s flavors include lemon, peach, raspberry, guava, mango, diet lemon, diet peach and sweet tea. It also offers lower calorie iced tea in over 12 ounce bottles. The lower calorie flavor options include mango, raspberry and peach. The Company’s products include All-Natural Tea, Diet Tea, Fruit-Flavored Tea, Organic Tea and Herbal Tea.

About National Beverage

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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