Flowers Foods (NYSE: FLO) and Amira Nature Foods (NYSE:ANFI) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, profitability and institutional ownership.
Flowers Foods pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.5%. Amira Nature Foods does not pay a dividend. Flowers Foods pays out 80.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Flowers Foods has raised its dividend for 12 consecutive years.
This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Flowers Foods and Amira Nature Foods, as reported by MarketBeat.
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Flowers Foods presently has a consensus price target of $21.89, indicating a potential upside of 5.79%. Amira Nature Foods has a consensus price target of $5.63, indicating a potential upside of 145.63%. Given Amira Nature Foods’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Amira Nature Foods is more favorable than Flowers Foods.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
66.4% of Flowers Foods shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 16.1% of Amira Nature Foods shares are owned by institutional investors. 15.2% of Flowers Foods shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
This table compares Flowers Foods and Amira Nature Foods’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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Risk and Volatility
Flowers Foods has a beta of 0.63, suggesting that its share price is 37% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Amira Nature Foods has a beta of -0.29, suggesting that its share price is 129% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Flowers Foods and Amira Nature Foods’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
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Flowers Foods has higher revenue and earnings than Amira Nature Foods. Amira Nature Foods is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Flowers Foods, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Flowers Foods beats Amira Nature Foods on 13 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.
Flowers Foods Company Profile
Flowers Foods, Inc. produces and markets bakery products in the United States. It operates through two segments, Direct-Store-Delivery (DSD) and Warehouse Delivery. The DSD segment produces and markets fresh breads, buns, rolls, tortillas, and snack cakes. This segment offers its products primarily under the Nature's Own, Wonder, Cobblestone Bread Company, Tastykake, and Dave's Killer Bread brand names. It operates 39 bakeries, as well as sells its products through a network of independent distributors to retail and foodservice customers. The Warehouse Delivery segment produces snack cakes, frozen breads, and rolls for national retail, foodservice, vending, and co-pack customers through a network of warehouse channels. This segment markets its products under the Mrs. Freshley's, Alpine Valley Bread, and European Bakers brand names. It also sells products under franchised and licensed trademarks and trade names, such as Sunbeam, Bunny, and Sara Lee. The company was formerly known as Flowers Industries and changed its name to Flowers Foods, Inc. in 2001. Flowers Foods, Inc. was founded in 1919 and is headquartered in Thomasville, Georgia.
Amira Nature Foods Company Profile
Amira Nature Foods Ltd. engages in processing, sourcing, and selling packaged Indian specialty rice. The company provides various types of basmati rice, other specialty rice and other food products, ready-to-eat snacks, edible oils, and organic products for retailers under the Amira brand; and non-basmati rice. It also sells bulk commodities, including wheat, barley, legume, maize, sugar, soybean meal, onion, potato, and millet products to trading firms. The company sells its products to buyers in the Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and North America; and distributors and retail chains in India. Amira Nature Foods Ltd. was founded in 1915 and is based in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.
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