The Kraft Heinz (KHC) vs. Its Rivals Critical Survey

The Kraft Heinz (NASDAQ: KHC) is one of 44 public companies in the “Food Processing” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare The Kraft Heinz to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, risk and valuation.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

61.6% of The Kraft Heinz shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.2% of shares of all “Food Processing” companies are held by institutional investors. 26.9% of The Kraft Heinz shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 11.2% of shares of all “Food Processing” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares The Kraft Heinz and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
The Kraft Heinz 15.03% 7.49% 3.63%
The Kraft Heinz Competitors 3.96% 10.68% 4.50%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares The Kraft Heinz and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
The Kraft Heinz $26.49 billion $3.63 billion 24.88
The Kraft Heinz Competitors $10.84 billion $602.95 million 404.31

The Kraft Heinz has higher revenue and earnings than its rivals. The Kraft Heinz 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for The Kraft Heinz and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
The Kraft Heinz 0 4 10 0 2.71
The Kraft Heinz Competitors 285 1595 1909 53 2.45

The Kraft Heinz currently has a consensus target price of $92.54, suggesting a potential upside of 15.89%. As a group, “Food Processing” companies have a potential upside of 0.62%. Given The Kraft Heinz’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe The Kraft Heinz is more favorable than its rivals.

Dividends

The Kraft Heinz pays an annual dividend of $2.50 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.1%. The Kraft Heinz pays out 77.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Food Processing” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.5% and pay out 59.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility & Risk

The Kraft Heinz has a beta of 0.43, meaning that its share price is 57% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, The Kraft Heinz’s rivals have a beta of 0.66, meaning that their average share price is 34% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

The Kraft Heinz beats its rivals on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About The Kraft Heinz

The Kraft Heinz Company is a food and beverage company. The Company is engaged in the manufacturing and marketing of food and beverage products, including condiments and sauces, cheese and dairy, meals, meats, refreshment beverages, coffee and other grocery products. The Company’s segments include the United States, Canada and Europe. The Company’s remaining businesses are combined as Rest of World. The Rest of World consists of Latin America and Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA). The Company provides products for various occasions whether at home, in restaurants or on the go. The Company’s brands include Heinz, Kraft, Oscar Mayer, Philadelphia, Planters, Velveeta, Lunchables, Maxwell House, Capri Sun, and Ore-Ida. The Company’s products are sold through its own sales organizations and through independent brokers, agents and distributors to chain, wholesale, cooperative and independent grocery accounts, convenience stores, drug stores, value stores, bakeries and pharmacies.

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