J M Smucker (SJM) and Its Competitors Critical Survey

J M Smucker (NYSE: SJM) is one of 103 publicly-traded companies in the “FOOD” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare J M Smucker to similar companies based on the strength of its valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, institutional ownership, dividends and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for J M Smucker and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
J M Smucker 3 6 5 0 2.14
J M Smucker Competitors 629 2730 2790 115 2.38

J M Smucker presently has a consensus target price of $128.75, suggesting a potential upside of 8.41%. As a group, “FOOD” companies have a potential upside of 16.47%. Given J M Smucker’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe J M Smucker has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares J M Smucker and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
J M Smucker $7.39 billion $592.30 million 10.69
J M Smucker Competitors $7.59 billion $478.54 million 15.46

J M Smucker’s rivals have higher revenue, but lower earnings than J M Smucker. J M Smucker is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.


This table compares J M Smucker and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
J M Smucker 17.16% 12.46% 5.72%
J M Smucker Competitors -115.46% -4.12% 1.19%


J M Smucker pays an annual dividend of $3.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.6%. J M Smucker pays out 28.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “FOOD” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.1% and pay out 35.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. J M Smucker has raised its dividend for 16 consecutive years. J M Smucker is clearly a better dividend stock than its rivals, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

77.6% of J M Smucker shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 56.0% of shares of all “FOOD” companies are owned by institutional investors. 3.5% of J M Smucker shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 17.1% of shares of all “FOOD” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

J M Smucker has a beta of 0.62, suggesting that its share price is 38% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, J M Smucker’s rivals have a beta of 0.68, suggesting that their average share price is 32% less volatile than the S&P 500.


J M Smucker rivals beat J M Smucker on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About J M Smucker

The J. M. Smucker Company is a manufacturer and marketer of branded food and beverage products and pet food and pet snacks in North America. The Company’s segments include U.S. Retail Coffee, U.S. Retail Consumer Foods, U.S. Retail Pet Foods, and International and Foodservice. The Company’s U.S. retail market segments consist of the sale of branded food products to consumers through retail outlets in North America. In the U.S. retail market segments, the Company’s products are sold to food retailers, food wholesalers, drug stores, club stores, mass merchandisers, discount and dollar stores, military commissaries, natural foods stores and distributors, and pet specialty stores. In International and Foodservice, the Company’s products are distributed domestically and in foreign countries through retail channels and foodservice distributors and operators, such as restaurants, lodging, schools and universities, healthcare operators.

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