Financial Review: Zep (ZEP) and Church & Dwight (CHD)

Church & Dwight (NYSE: CHD) and Zep (NYSE:ZEP) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Church & Dwight and Zep, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Church & Dwight 3 7 1 0 1.82
Zep 0 0 0 0 N/A

Church & Dwight presently has a consensus target price of $51.11, suggesting a potential upside of 3.01%. Given Church & Dwight’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Church & Dwight is more favorable than Zep.


This table compares Church & Dwight and Zep’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Church & Dwight 12.39% 24.21% 10.72%
Zep 0.10% 0.34% 0.12%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Church & Dwight and Zep’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Church & Dwight $3.54 billion 3.49 $845.20 million $1.69 29.36
Zep N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Church & Dwight has higher revenue and earnings than Zep.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

82.1% of Church & Dwight shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.0% of Church & Dwight shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


Church & Dwight pays an annual dividend of $0.76 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Zep does not pay a dividend. Church & Dwight pays out 45.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Church & Dwight has raised its dividend for 11 consecutive years and Zep has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.


Church & Dwight beats Zep on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Church & Dwight

Church & Dwight Co., Inc. develops, manufactures and markets a range of household, personal care and specialty products. The Company’s segments include Consumer Domestic, Consumer International and Specialty Products Division (SPD). The Company also sells specialty products to industrial customers and distributors. The Consumer Domestic segment includes various brands, as well as other household and personal care products, such as KABOOM cleaning products, ARRID antiperspirant, CLOSE-UP and AIM toothpastes and SIMPLY SALINE nasal saline moisturizer. The Consumer International segment markets a range of personal care products, household and over-the-counter products in international markets, including Canada, France, China, Australia, the United Kingdom, Mexico and Brazil. The Company’s SPD segment is a producer of sodium bicarbonate, which it sells together with other specialty inorganic chemicals for various industrial, institutional, medical and food applications.

About Zep

Zep Inc. is a consumable chemical packaged goods company, providing a variety of chemicals and related products and services that help professionals maintain, clean and protect their assets. The Company markets its products and services under brand names, including Zep, Zep Professional, Zep Commercial, Zep Automotive and other Zep Inc. brands. Its product portfolio, which is produced using more than 4,000 formulations, includes anti-bacterial and industrial hand care products, cleaners, degreasers, deodorizers, disinfectants, floor finishes, sanitizers, pest- and weed-control products, air-care products and delivery systems and a variety of automotive maintenance chemicals. The Company manufactures its products at nine facilities located in the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, Italy, and United Kingdom.

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