Reviewing Kraft Heinz Foods (HNZ) and Archer Daniels Midland (ADM)

Kraft Heinz Foods (NYSE: HNZ) and Archer Daniels Midland (NYSE:ADM) are both large-cap non-cyclical consumer goods & services companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Kraft Heinz Foods and Archer Daniels Midland, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Kraft Heinz Foods 0 2 1 0 2.33
Archer Daniels Midland 1 6 1 0 2.00

Kraft Heinz Foods presently has a consensus price target of $17.65, indicating a potential downside of 5.87%. Archer Daniels Midland has a consensus price target of $41.29, indicating a potential downside of 0.35%. Given Archer Daniels Midland’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Archer Daniels Midland is more favorable than Kraft Heinz Foods.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Kraft Heinz Foods and Archer Daniels Midland’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Kraft Heinz Foods N/A N/A N/A $3.26 5.75
Archer Daniels Midland $62.35 billion 0.37 $1.28 billion $2.13 19.45

Archer Daniels Midland has higher revenue and earnings than Kraft Heinz Foods. Kraft Heinz Foods is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Archer Daniels Midland, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


This table compares Kraft Heinz Foods and Archer Daniels Midland’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Kraft Heinz Foods N/A N/A N/A
Archer Daniels Midland 2.01% 7.86% 3.49%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

76.3% of Archer Daniels Midland shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.7% of Archer Daniels Midland shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


Archer Daniels Midland pays an annual dividend of $1.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.1%. Kraft Heinz Foods does not pay a dividend. Archer Daniels Midland pays out 60.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Archer Daniels Midland has raised its dividend for 42 consecutive years.


Archer Daniels Midland beats Kraft Heinz Foods on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Kraft Heinz Foods

H. J. Heinz Company, together with its subsidiaries, is engaged in manufacturing and marketing a range of food products throughout the world. The Company’s principal products include ketchup, condiments and sauces, frozen food, soups, beans and pasta meals, infant nutrition and other food products. The Company’s products are manufactured and packaged to provide wholesome foods for consumers, as well as foodservice and institutional customers. The Company manufactures and contracts for the manufacture of its products from a variety of raw food materials. The Company operates in five segments: North American Consumer Products, Europe, Asia/Pacific, U.S. Foodservice and Rest of World. The Company owns or leases office space, warehouses, distribution centers and research and other facilities throughout the world.

About Archer Daniels Midland

Archer-Daniels-Midland Company is a processor of oilseeds, corn, wheat, cocoa and other agricultural commodities. The Company manufactures protein meal, vegetable oil, corn sweeteners, flour, biodiesel, ethanol, and other food and feed ingredients. Its segments include Agricultural Services, which utilizes its United States grain elevator, global transportation network and port operations to buy, store, clean and transport agricultural commodities, such as oilseeds, wheat, milo, oats, rice and barley, and resells these commodities primarily as food and feed ingredients and as raw materials for the agricultural processing industry; Corn Processing, which is engaged in corn wet milling and dry milling activities; Oilseeds Processing, which includes global activities related to the origination, merchandising, crushing and further processing of oilseeds; Wild Flavors and Specialty Ingredients products, which include flavors, sweeteners and health ingredients; Other, and Corporate.

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