Reviewing John B. Sanfilippo & Son (JBSS) and Tootsie Roll Industries (TR)

John B. Sanfilippo & Son (NASDAQ: JBSS) and Tootsie Roll Industries (NYSE:TR) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, earnings and profitability.

Risk & Volatility

John B. Sanfilippo & Son has a beta of 0.92, suggesting that its share price is 8% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Tootsie Roll Industries has a beta of 0.61, suggesting that its share price is 39% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

72.3% of John B. Sanfilippo & Son shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 22.2% of Tootsie Roll Industries shares are held by institutional investors. 22.1% of John B. Sanfilippo & Son shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 41.9% of Tootsie Roll Industries shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

John B. Sanfilippo & Son pays an annual dividend of $0.50 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Tootsie Roll Industries pays an annual dividend of $0.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. John B. Sanfilippo & Son pays out 18.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Tootsie Roll Industries pays out 33.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Tootsie Roll Industries has raised its dividend for 52 consecutive years. Tootsie Roll Industries is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for John B. Sanfilippo & Son and Tootsie Roll Industries, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
John B. Sanfilippo & Son 0 1 0 0 2.00
Tootsie Roll Industries 0 0 0 0 N/A

John B. Sanfilippo & Son presently has a consensus target price of $70.00, indicating a potential upside of 18.32%. Given John B. Sanfilippo & Son’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe John B. Sanfilippo & Son is more favorable than Tootsie Roll Industries.

Profitability

This table compares John B. Sanfilippo & Son and Tootsie Roll Industries’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
John B. Sanfilippo & Son 3.68% 13.78% 7.68%
Tootsie Roll Industries 12.96% 9.41% 7.23%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares John B. Sanfilippo & Son and Tootsie Roll Industries’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
John B. Sanfilippo & Son $846.64 million 0.79 $36.12 million $2.73 21.67
Tootsie Roll Industries $517.37 million 4.11 $67.51 million $1.06 31.84

Tootsie Roll Industries has lower revenue, but higher earnings than John B. Sanfilippo & Son. John B. Sanfilippo & Son is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Tootsie Roll Industries, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

John B. Sanfilippo & Son beats Tootsie Roll Industries on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About John B. Sanfilippo & Son

John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc. is a processor and distributor of peanuts, pecans, cashews, walnuts, almonds and other nuts. The Company offers nuts under a range of private brands and under the Fisher, Orchard Valley Harvest, Fisher Nut Exactly and Sunshine Country brand names. The Company also markets and distributes a diverse product line of food and snack products, including snack mixes, salad toppings, snacks, snack bites, trail mixes, dried fruit, and chocolate and yogurt coated products under private brands and brand names. The Company’s principal products are raw and processed nuts. The Company’s nut product line includes black walnuts, English walnuts, macadamia nuts, pistachios, pine nuts, Brazil nuts and filberts. The Company’s products are sold through various distribution channels to buyers of nuts, including food retailers, commercial ingredient users, contract packaging customers and international customers.

About Tootsie Roll Industries

Tootsie Roll Industries, Inc. and its subsidiaries are engaged in the manufacture and sale of confectionery products. The Company offers a range of candy, chocolate and bubble gum brands. Its products are marketed in a range of packages designed to be suitable for display and sale in different types of retail outlets. The Company sells its products under the brand names TOOTSIE ROLL, TOOTSIE POPS, CHILD’S PLAY, CARAMEL APPLE POPS, CHARMS, BLOW-POP, CHARMS MINI POPS, CELLA’S, DOTS, JUNIOR MINTS, CHARLESTON CHEW, SUGAR DADDY, SUGAR BABIES, ANDES, FLUFFY STUFF, DUBBLE BUBBLE, RAZZLES, CRY BABY, NIK-L-NIP and TUTSI POP (Mexico). As of December 31, 2016, its products were sold through approximately 30 candy and grocery brokers and by the Company itself to customers throughout the United States. Its customers include wholesale distributors of candy and groceries, supermarkets, variety stores, dollar stores, chain grocers, drug chains, discount chains and cooperative grocery associations.

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