Coca-Cola European Partners (NYSE:CCE) and Leading Brands (NASDAQ:LBIX) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends and profitability.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Coca-Cola European Partners and Leading Brands’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Coca-Cola European Partners||$12.50 billion||1.85||$777.64 million||$2.39||20.01|
Coca-Cola European Partners has higher revenue and earnings than Leading Brands.
This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Coca-Cola European Partners and Leading Brands, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Coca-Cola European Partners||0||3||5||0||2.63|
Coca-Cola European Partners presently has a consensus price target of $47.20, suggesting a potential downside of 1.32%. Given Coca-Cola European Partners’ higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Coca-Cola European Partners is more favorable than Leading Brands.
This table compares Coca-Cola European Partners and Leading Brands’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Coca-Cola European Partners||6.26%||16.36%||6.01%|
Insider and Institutional Ownership
31.4% of Coca-Cola European Partners shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 6.9% of Leading Brands shares are held by institutional investors. 3.0% of Coca-Cola European Partners shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
Coca-Cola European Partners pays an annual dividend of $0.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. 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.
Coca-Cola European Partners beats Leading Brands on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.
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.
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.
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