Reviewing Leading Brands (LBIX) & Coca-Cola European Partners (CCE)

Leading Brands (NASDAQ:LBIX) and Coca-Cola European Partners (NYSE:CCE) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, dividends and earnings.

Dividends

Coca-Cola European Partners pays an annual dividend of $0.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Leading Brands does not pay a dividend. Coca-Cola European Partners pays out 23.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Coca-Cola European Partners has raised its dividend for 10 consecutive years.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Leading Brands and Coca-Cola European Partners’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Leading Brands N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Coca-Cola European Partners $12.50 billion 1.91 $777.64 million $2.39 20.64

Coca-Cola European Partners has higher revenue and earnings than Leading Brands.

Profitability

This table compares Leading Brands and Coca-Cola European Partners’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Leading Brands N/A N/A N/A
Coca-Cola European Partners 6.26% 16.36% 6.01%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

6.9% of Leading Brands shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 31.4% of Coca-Cola European Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.0% of Coca-Cola European Partners shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Leading Brands and Coca-Cola European Partners, 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 European Partners 0 3 5 0 2.63

Coca-Cola European Partners has a consensus target price of $47.20, suggesting a potential downside of 4.30%. Given Coca-Cola European Partners’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Coca-Cola European Partners is more favorable than Leading Brands.

Summary

Coca-Cola European Partners beats Leading Brands on 10 of the 11 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 European Partners Company Profile

Coca-Cola European Partners Plc engages in the distribution and sale of ready-to-drink beverages. IT operates through the following brands: Coca-Cola, Diet Coke or Coca-Cola Light, Coke Zero, Coca-Cola Life, Fanta, and Sprite. It also offers energy drinks, waters, juices, sports drinks, and ready-to-drink teas. The company was founded on May 28, 2016 and is headquartered in Uxbridge, the United Kingdom.

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