Critical Review: Leading Brands (LBIX) versus Coca-Cola Bottling Co Consolidated (COKE)

Leading Brands (NASDAQ:LBIX) and Coca-Cola Bottling Co Consolidated (NASDAQ:COKE) are both small-cap consumer staples companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, valuation, risk, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Dividends

Coca-Cola Bottling Co Consolidated pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. Leading Brands does not pay a dividend.

Risk & Volatility

Leading Brands has a beta of 1.27, indicating that its stock price is 27% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Coca-Cola Bottling Co Consolidated has a beta of 0.23, indicating that its stock price is 77% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Leading Brands and Coca-Cola Bottling Co Consolidated’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Leading Brands N/A -22.50% -17.43%
Coca-Cola Bottling Co Consolidated 1.68% 5.07% 0.72%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Leading Brands and Coca-Cola Bottling Co Consolidated, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Leading Brands 0 0 0 0 N/A
Coca-Cola Bottling Co Consolidated 0 0 0 0 N/A

Institutional & Insider Ownership

6.9% of Leading Brands shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 37.7% of Coca-Cola Bottling Co Consolidated shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.0% of Coca-Cola Bottling Co Consolidated shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Leading Brands and Coca-Cola Bottling Co Consolidated’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Leading Brands $680,000.00 4.74 -$2.63 million N/A N/A
Coca-Cola Bottling Co Consolidated $4.32 billion 0.37 $96.53 million N/A N/A

Coca-Cola Bottling Co Consolidated has higher revenue and earnings than Leading Brands.

Summary

Coca-Cola Bottling Co Consolidated beats Leading Brands on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Leading Brands Company Profile

Leading Brands, Inc. does not have significant operations. Previously, it was engaged in the production and distribution of beverages. The company was formerly known as Brio Industries Inc. and changed its name to Leading Brands, Inc. in October 1999. Leading Brands, Inc. was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.

Coca-Cola Bottling Co Consolidated Company Profile

Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, together with its subsidiaries, produces, markets, and distributes nonalcoholic beverages, primarily products of The Coca-Cola Company in the United States. The company offers sparkling beverages, including carbonated beverages; and still beverages, such as energy products, as well as noncarbonated beverages comprising bottled water, tea, ready to drink coffee, enhanced water, juices, and sports drinks. It also sells its products to other Coca-Cola bottlers; and post-mix products that are dispensed through equipment, which mixes the fountain syrup with carbonated or still water enabling fountain retailers to sell finished products to consumers in cups or glasses. In addition, the company distributes products for various other beverage brands that include Dr Pepper, Sundrop, and Monster Energy. It sells and distributes its products directly to retail stores and other outlets, which comprise food markets, institutional accounts, and vending machine outlets. Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated was founded in 1902 and is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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