Central Garden & Pet (CENT) and Penford Corp (PENX) Head-To-Head Review

Central Garden & Pet (NASDAQ: CENT) and Penford Corp (NASDAQ:PENX) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Central Garden & Pet and Penford Corp’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Central Garden & Pet $1.98 billion 0.98 $202.40 million $1.33 28.13
Penford Corp N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Central Garden & Pet has higher revenue and earnings than Penford Corp.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Central Garden & Pet and Penford Corp, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Central Garden & Pet 0 2 3 0 2.60
Penford Corp 0 0 0 0 N/A

Central Garden & Pet presently has a consensus price target of $38.33, suggesting a potential upside of 2.47%. Given Central Garden & Pet’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Central Garden & Pet is more favorable than Penford Corp.


This table compares Central Garden & Pet and Penford Corp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Central Garden & Pet 3.49% 13.66% 6.13%
Penford Corp 2.06% 8.92% 3.56%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

20.2% of Central Garden & Pet shares are owned by institutional investors. 11.6% of Central Garden & Pet shares are owned by company 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.


Central Garden & Pet beats Penford Corp on 8 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Central Garden & Pet Company Profile

Central Garden & Pet Company is a marketer and producer of branded products and distributor of third party products in the pet and lawn and garden supplies industries in the United States. The Company operates in two segments: Pet segment and the Garden segment. It is a marketer and producer of pet supplies in the United States. In addition, its Pet segment operates sales and logistics networks in the industry strategically supporting its brands. Its principal pet supplies categories are dog and cat, aquatics, bird and small animal, wild bird feed and animal health products. The Company markets and produces various brands, including Pennington, The Rebels, AMDRO, Lilly Miller, Ironite, Sevin, and Over-N-Out. Its Garden segment operates a sales and logistics network that strategically supports its brands. The Company’s principal lawn and garden product lines include grass seed, wild bird feed and insect control products.

Penford Corp Company Profile

Penford Corporation (Penford) is a developer, manufacturer and marketer of natural-based ingredient systems for food and industrial applications, including fuel grade ethanol. The Company has research and development capabilities, which are used in understanding the complex chemistry of carbohydrate-based materials and in developing applications to address customer needs. Penford operates in two business segments: Industrial Ingredients and Food Ingredients. Industrial Ingredients segment is a supplier of chemically modified starches to the paper and packaging industries. Industrial Ingredients also produces food grade corn starch for sale by the Company’s Food Ingredients business. Food Ingredients segment is a developer and manufacturer of specialty starches and dextrins to the food manufacturing and food service industries. This business is engaged is in leveraging the inherent characteristics from potato, corn, tapioca and rice to help improve its customers’ product performance.

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