SYSCO (SYY) & Alkaline Water (WTER) Financial Review

SYSCO (NYSE:SYY) and Alkaline Water (OTCMKTS:WTER) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, valuation, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares SYSCO and Alkaline Water’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SYSCO 2.52% 68.81% 9.15%
Alkaline Water -26.68% -643.47% -102.33%

Risk & Volatility

SYSCO has a beta of 0.56, indicating that its stock price is 44% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Alkaline Water has a beta of 0.11, indicating that its stock price is 89% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares SYSCO and Alkaline Water’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SYSCO $58.73 billion 0.59 $1.43 billion $3.14 21.28
Alkaline Water $19.81 million 6.00 -$6.68 million N/A N/A

SYSCO has higher revenue and earnings than Alkaline Water.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

80.1% of SYSCO shares are held by institutional investors. 7.9% of SYSCO shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.9% of Alkaline Water shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for SYSCO and Alkaline Water, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SYSCO 1 4 6 0 2.45
Alkaline Water 0 0 0 0 N/A

SYSCO currently has a consensus target price of $73.33, indicating a potential upside of 9.76%. Given SYSCO’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe SYSCO is more favorable than Alkaline Water.

Dividends

SYSCO pays an annual dividend of $1.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. Alkaline Water does not pay a dividend. SYSCO pays out 45.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. SYSCO has increased its dividend for 47 consecutive years.

Summary

SYSCO beats Alkaline Water on 12 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About SYSCO

Sysco Corporation, through its subsidiaries, markets and distributes a range of food and related products primarily to the foodservice or food-away-from-home industry. It operates through three segments: U.S. Foodservice Operations, International Foodservice Operations, and SYGMA. The company distributes a line of frozen foods, such as meats, seafood, fully prepared entrees, fruits, vegetables, and desserts; a line of canned and dry foods; fresh meats and seafood; dairy products; beverage products; imported specialties; and fresh produce. It also supplies various non-food items, including paper products comprising disposable napkins, plates, and cups; tableware consisting of China and silverware; cookware, which include pots, pans, and utensils; restaurant and kitchen equipment and supplies; and cleaning supplies. The company serves restaurants, hospitals and nursing homes, schools and colleges, hotels and motels, industrial caterers, and other foodservice venues. As of June 30, 2018, it operated 332 distribution facilities in North America and Europe. Sysco Corporation was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

About Alkaline Water

The Alkaline Water Company Inc. produces, distributes, and markets bottled alkaline water in the United States. The company offers bottled alkaline water in various volumes under the Alkaline88 trade name. It sells its products through brokers and distributors to retailers, such as convenience stores, natural food products stores, large ethnic markets, and national retailers. The company was incorporated in 2011 and is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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