Head-To-Head Comparison: Universal (UVV) versus Alliance One International (AOI)

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


Universal pays an annual dividend of $3.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.7%. Alliance One International does not pay a dividend. Universal has increased its dividend for 46 consecutive years.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

88.0% of Universal shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.3% of Alliance One International shares are held by institutional investors. 2.5% of Universal shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 10.1% of Alliance One International shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices 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

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Universal and Alliance One International’s top-line 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.


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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