Comparing Boston Beer (SAM) & Its Peers

Boston Beer (NYSE: SAM) is one of 54 public companies in the “BEVERAGES” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Boston Beer to similar businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation and risk.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Boston Beer and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Boston Beer $862.99 million $99.04 million 22.92
Boston Beer Competitors $7.33 billion $718.23 million -1.93

Boston Beer’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Boston Beer. Boston Beer is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.


This table compares Boston Beer and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Boston Beer 11.04% 18.55% 13.40%
Boston Beer Competitors -20.10% -50.05% -7.83%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Boston Beer and its peers, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Boston Beer 2 9 0 0 1.82
Boston Beer Competitors 309 1438 1690 64 2.43

Boston Beer presently has a consensus price target of $155.91, indicating a potential downside of 16.54%. As a group, “BEVERAGES” companies have a potential upside of 14.85%. Given Boston Beer’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Boston Beer has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

73.2% of Boston Beer shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 30.8% of shares of all “BEVERAGES” companies are owned by institutional investors. 31.3% of Boston Beer shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 20.7% of shares of all “BEVERAGES” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Boston Beer has a beta of 0.65, suggesting that its share price is 35% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Boston Beer’s peers have a beta of 0.57, suggesting that their average share price is 43% less volatile than the S&P 500.


Boston Beer beats its peers on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

Boston Beer Company Profile

The Boston Beer Company, Inc. is a craft brewer in the United States. The Company is engaged in the business of producing and selling alcohol beverages primarily in the domestic market and in selected international markets. The Company operates through two segments: Boston Beer Company segment, and A&S Brewing Collaborative segment. The Boston Beer Company segment comprises of the Company’s Samuel Adams, Twisted Tea, Angry Orchard and Truly Spiked & Sparkling brands. The A&S Brewing Collaborative segment comprises of The Traveler Beer Company, Coney Island Brewing Company, Angel City Brewing Company and Concrete Beach Brewing Company. Both segments sell low alcohol beverages. The Company produces malt beverages and hard cider at the Company-owned breweries and under contract arrangements at other brewery locations. As of December 31, 2016, the Company sold its products to a network of approximately 350 wholesalers in the United States and to a network of distributors.

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