Universal (UVV) vs. Alliance One International (AOI) Financial Contrast

Universal (NYSE:UVV) and Alliance One International (NYSE:AOI) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Universal and Alliance One International’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Universal $2.03 billion 0.78 $105.66 million N/A N/A
Alliance One International N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Universal has higher revenue and earnings than Alliance One International.

Dividends

Universal pays an annual dividend of $3.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.8%. Alliance One International does not pay a dividend. Universal has raised its dividend for 46 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Universal and Alliance One International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Universal 5.53% 7.95% 4.99%
Alliance One International N/A N/A N/A

Institutional & Insider Ownership

86.1% of Universal shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.3% of Alliance One International shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.5% of Universal shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 10.1% of Alliance One International shares are owned 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Universal and Alliance One International, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Universal 0 0 0 0 N/A
Alliance One International 0 0 0 0 N/A

Summary

Universal beats Alliance One International on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Universal

Universal Corporation engages in the supply of leaf tobacco products worldwide. The company operates through North America, South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, Dark Air-Cured, Oriental, and Special Services segments. It is involved in procuring, financing, processing, packing, storing, and shipping leaf tobacco for sale to manufacturers of consumer tobacco products. The company contracts, purchases, processes, and sells flue-cured, burley, and oriental tobaccos that are primarily used in the manufacture of cigarettes; and dark air-cured tobaccos principally used in the manufacture of cigars, pipe tobacco, and smokeless tobacco products. It also provides value-added services, including blending, chemical, and physical testing of tobacco; service cutting for various manufacturers; manufacturing reconstituted leaf tobacco; just-in-time inventory management services; electronic nicotine delivery systems; e-liquid testing services; and smoke testing services for customers. In addition, the company offers testing services for crop protection agents and tobacco constituents in seed, leaf, and finished products, including e-cigarette liquids and vapors; and analytical services that include chemical compound testing in finished tobacco products and mainstream smoke, as well as engages in the research and development growth trials with various partners for non-tobacco agriproducts production, such as vanilla and stevia. Further, it produces and sells dehydrated and juiced fruit and vegetable products, as well as provides water pipe style leaf tobacco; and recycles waste materials from tobacco production. The company was founded in 1886 and is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia.

About Alliance One International

Alliance One International, Inc. purchases, processes, packs, stores, and ships leaf tobacco for the manufacturers of cigarettes and other consumer tobacco products worldwide. It operates through North America and Other Regions segments. The company is involved in processing and selling flue-cured, burley, and oriental tobaccos that are used in international brand cigarettes. It also provides agronomy services for growing leaf tobacco. The company was founded in 1904 and is headquartered in Morrisville, North Carolina.

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