Nutraceutical Int'l (NUTR) vs. Simply Good Foods (SMPL) Critical Survey

Nutraceutical Int'l (NASDAQ: NUTR) and Simply Good Foods (NASDAQ:SMPL) are both small-cap non-cyclical consumer goods & services companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk and institutional ownership.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Nutraceutical Int'l and Simply Good Foods’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Nutraceutical Int'l N/A N/A N/A $1.55 26.97
Simply Good Foods $396.17 million 2.32 -$2.03 million $0.02 651.00

Nutraceutical Int'l has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Simply Good Foods. Nutraceutical Int'l is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Simply Good Foods, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Nutraceutical Int'l and Simply Good Foods, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Nutraceutical Int'l 0 0 0 0 N/A
Simply Good Foods 0 0 4 0 3.00

Simply Good Foods has a consensus target price of $16.00, indicating a potential upside of 22.89%. Given Simply Good Foods’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Simply Good Foods is more favorable than Nutraceutical Int'l.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

75.7% of Nutraceutical Int'l shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.7% of Simply Good Foods shares are held by institutional investors. 13.1% of Nutraceutical Int'l shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.2% of Simply Good Foods shares 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 Nutraceutical Int'l and Simply Good Foods’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Nutraceutical Int'l 2.86% 4.11% 3.02%
Simply Good Foods N/A N/A N/A

Dividends

Nutraceutical Int'l pays an annual dividend of $0.25 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. Simply Good Foods does not pay a dividend. Nutraceutical Int'l pays out 16.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Nutraceutical Int'l beats Simply Good Foods on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Nutraceutical Int'l

Nutraceutical International Corporation is an integrated manufacturer, marketer, distributor and retailer of nutritional supplements and other natural products. The Company’s products include vitamins and minerals; herbs; specialty formulas; personal care products; liquid nutritional products; homeopathics; functional foods, and other products. It offers its products to and through domestic health and natural food stores. It acts as a distributor to the Healthy Foods Channel and to certain international markets for certain third-party brands. It manufactures and sells nutritional supplements and other natural products under numerous brands, including Solaray, KAL, Dynamic Health, Nature’s Life, LifeTime, Natural Balance, NaturalCare, Health from the Sun, Pioneer, Nutra BioGenesis, Life-flo, Organix South, Heritage Store and Monarch Nutraceuticals. It owns various natural food markets, such as The Real Food Company, Thom’s Natural Foods, Cornucopia Community Market and Granola’s.

About Simply Good Foods

The Simply Good Foods Company is a holding company. The Company through its subsidiaries, is engaged in developing, marketing and selling of branded nutritional foods and snacking products. The Company offers a range of products such as nutrition bars, ready to drink (RTD) shakes, snacks and confectionery products. These all products marketed under the Atkins, SimplyProtein, Atkins Harvest Trail, Atkins Endulge, and Atkins Lift brand names. The Company offers three main types of nutrition bars including Atkins Harvest Trail Bars, Atkins Meal Bars And Atkins Snack Bars.The Company’s Atkins harvest trail bars contain eight grams of protein and 9 to 10 grams of fiber, and are available in a variety of flavors, including blueberry vanilla and almond, dark chocolate sea salt caramel and vanilla fruit and nut. With 2 to 4 grams of net carbs, Atkins meal bars contain 13 to 17 grams of protein, and are available in 13 different flavors.

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