Conagra Brands (NYSE: CAG) and Hain Celestial Group (NASDAQ:HAIN) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability and institutional ownership.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
79.9% of Conagra Brands shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 91.3% of Hain Celestial Group shares are held by institutional investors. 0.8% of Conagra Brands shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.3% of Hain Celestial Group shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
Conagra Brands pays an annual dividend of $0.85 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. Hain Celestial Group does not pay a dividend. Conagra Brands pays out 48.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.
Volatility and Risk
Conagra Brands has a beta of 0.28, suggesting that its share price is 72% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hain Celestial Group has a beta of 1.13, suggesting that its share price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares Conagra Brands and Hain Celestial Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Conagra Brands and Hain Celestial Group, as provided by MarketBeat.
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Conagra Brands presently has a consensus target price of $42.29, indicating a potential upside of 15.09%. Hain Celestial Group has a consensus target price of $40.54, indicating a potential upside of 30.98%. Given Hain Celestial Group’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Hain Celestial Group is more favorable than Conagra Brands.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Conagra Brands and Hain Celestial Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
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Conagra Brands has higher revenue and earnings than Hain Celestial Group. Conagra Brands is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Hain Celestial Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Conagra Brands beats Hain Celestial Group on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Conagra Brands
Conagra Brands, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a food company in North America. The company operates through Grocery & Snacks, Refrigerated & Frozen, International, and Foodservice segments. The Grocery & Snacks segment primarily offers shelf stable food products in various retail channels in the United States. The Refrigerated & Frozen segment provides temperature controlled food products in various retail channels in the United States. The International reporting segment offers food products in various temperature states in retail and foodservice channels outside of the United States. The Foodservice segment offers food products, including meals, entrees, sauces, and various custom-manufactured culinary products packaged for sale to restaurants and other foodservice establishments in the United States. Conagra Brands, Inc. markets its products under the Marie Callender's, Reddi-wip, Hunt's, Healthy Choice, Slim Jim, Orville Redenbacher's, Alexia, Blake's, Frontera, and Duke's brand names. The company was formerly known as ConAgra Foods, Inc. and changed its name to Conagra Brands, Inc. in November 2016. Conagra Brands, Inc. was founded in 1919 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.
About Hain Celestial Group
The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. is an organic and natural products company. The Company and its subsidiaries manufacture, market, distribute and sell organic and natural products under brand names which are sold as better-for-you products. The Company’s segments include United States, United Kingdom, Hain Pure Protein and Rest of World. Its Rest of World segment includes Canada and Europe. The Company’s brand names include Almond Dream, Arrowhead Mills, Bearitos, BluePrint, Celestial Seasonings, Cully & Sully, Danival, DeBoles, Earth’s Best, Ella’s Kitchen, Empire, Europe’s Best, Farmhouse Fare, Frank Cooper’s, FreeBird, Gale’s, Garden of Eatin’, GG UniqueFiber, Hain Pure Foods, Hartley’s, Health Valley, Imagine, Johnson’s Juice Co., Joya, Kosher Valley, Lima, The Greek Gods, Tilda, Walnut Acres, WestSoy, Yves Veggie Cuisine and Yorkshire Provender. Its personal care products are marketed under the Alba Botanica, Avalon Organics, Earth’s Best, JASON, Live Clean and Queen Helene brands.
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