Head to Head Review: Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS) versus National Beverage Corp. (FIZZ)

Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE: DPS) and National Beverage Corp. (NASDAQ:FIZZ) are both mid-cap consumer staples companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, risk, institutional ownership and valuation.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Dr Pepper Snapple Group and National Beverage Corp.’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Dr Pepper Snapple Group $6.57 billion 2.45 $1.58 billion $4.17 21.25
National Beverage Corp. $869.64 million 6.01 $189.51 million $2.50 44.90

Dr Pepper Snapple Group has higher revenue and earnings than National Beverage Corp.. Dr Pepper Snapple Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than National Beverage Corp., indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Dr Pepper Snapple Group pays an annual dividend of $2.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.6%. National Beverage Corp. does not pay a dividend. Dr Pepper Snapple Group pays out 55.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Dr Pepper Snapple Group has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Volatility & Risk

Dr Pepper Snapple Group has a beta of 0.61, suggesting that its stock price is 39% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, National Beverage Corp. has a beta of 0.59, suggesting that its stock price is 41% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Dr Pepper Snapple Group and National Beverage Corp., as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Dr Pepper Snapple Group 0 6 4 0 2.40
National Beverage Corp. 2 1 0 0 1.33

Dr Pepper Snapple Group presently has a consensus price target of $100.13, indicating a potential upside of 13.00%. National Beverage Corp. has a consensus price target of $85.67, indicating a potential downside of 23.69%. Given Dr Pepper Snapple Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Dr Pepper Snapple Group is more favorable than National Beverage Corp..

Insider & Institutional Ownership

90.0% of Dr Pepper Snapple Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 21.8% of National Beverage Corp. shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.6% of Dr Pepper Snapple Group shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 75.2% of National Beverage Corp. shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Dr Pepper Snapple Group and National Beverage Corp.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Dr Pepper Snapple Group 11.73% 38.28% 8.50%
National Beverage Corp. 13.38% 49.70% 32.30%

Summary

Dr Pepper Snapple Group beats National Beverage Corp. on 10 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Dr Pepper Snapple Group Company Profile

Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. is an integrated brand owner, manufacturer and distributor of non-alcoholic beverages in the United States, Mexico and Canada. The Company offers a diverse portfolio of flavored (non-cola) carbonated soft drinks (CSDs) and non-carbonated beverages (NCBs), including ready-to-drink teas, juices, juice drinks, water and mixers. The Company’s segments include Beverage Concentrates, Packaged Beverages and Latin America Beverages. The Company’s brand portfolio includes CSD brands, such as Dr Pepper, Canada Dry, Penafiel, Squirt, 7UP, Crush, A&W, Sunkist soda and Schweppes, and NCB brands, such as Snapple, Hawaiian Punch, Mott’s and Clamato. The Company’s NCB brands include Snapple, Hawaiian Punch, Mott’s, FIJI mineral water, Clamato, Yoo-Hoo, Deja Blue, Bai Brands, ReaLemon, AriZona tea, Vita Coco coconut water, Mr and Mrs T mixers, BodyArmor, Nantucket Nectars, Garden Cocktail, Mistic and Rose’s.

National Beverage Corp. Company Profile

National Beverage Corp. is a holding company. The Company develops, produces, markets and sells a diverse portfolio of flavored beverage products primarily in North America. The Company’s brands consist of beverages geared to the active and health-conscious consumer (Power+ Brands), including sparkling waters, energy drinks and juices, and carbonated soft drinks in a range of flavors, including regular, sugar-free and reduced calorie options. In addition, the Company produces soft drinks for certain retailers, such as allied brands. The Company’s portfolio of Power+ Brands includes LaCroix, LaCroix Curate, LaCroix NiCola and Shasta sparkling water products; Rip It energy drinks and shots, and Everfresh, Everfresh Premier Varietals and Mr. Pure juice and juice-based products. The Company’s carbonated soft drinks include Shasta and Faygo, iconic brands. The Company had, as of April 30, 2016, 12 production facilities located near metropolitan markets across the continental United States.

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