Financial Survey: Boulder Brands (BDBD) & Weis Markets (WMK)

Boulder Brands (NASDAQ: BDBD) and Weis Markets (NYSE:WMK) are both non-cyclical consumer goods & services companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, risk, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Boulder Brands and Weis Markets, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Boulder Brands 0 0 0 0 N/A
Weis Markets 0 0 0 0 N/A

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Boulder Brands and Weis Markets’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Boulder Brands N/A N/A N/A $0.01 N/A
Weis Markets $3.14 billion 0.33 $87.16 million $2.81 13.68

Weis Markets has higher revenue and earnings than Boulder Brands. Boulder Brands is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Weis Markets, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Boulder Brands and Weis Markets’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Boulder Brands 0.61% 0.59% 0.50%
Weis Markets 2.16% 8.13% 5.39%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

31.9% of Weis Markets shares are held by institutional investors. 26.9% of Weis Markets shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Weis Markets pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.1%. Boulder Brands does not pay a dividend. Weis Markets pays out 42.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Weis Markets beats Boulder Brands on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Boulder Brands Company Profile

Boulder Brands, Inc. is a natural consumer packaged food company. The Company’s health and wellness platform consists of brands that target specific health trends: the Glutino Food Group and Udi’s Healthy Foods, LLC’s Gluten Free brands for gluten free diets; the Earth Balance brand for plant-based diets; the Level Life brand for diabetic diets; EVOL Food branded foods for consumers seeking convenient foods made with pure and simple ingredients, and the Smart Balance brand for heart healthier diets. The Company distributes its products in all retail channels, including natural, grocery, club and mass merchandise. The Company also has a presence in the foodservice and industrial channels. The Company operates in two segments: Natural and Balance. The Natural segment consists of Udi’s, Glutino and EVOL branded products. The Balance segment consists of Smart Balance, Earth Balance and Level Life branded products.

Weis Markets Company Profile

Weis Markets, Inc. is engaged principally in the retail sale of food in Pennsylvania and surrounding states. The Company’s retail food stores sell groceries, dairy products, frozen foods, meats, seafood, fresh produce, floral, pharmacy services, deli products, prepared foods, bakery products, beer and wine, fuel and general merchandise items, such as health and beauty care and household products. As of December 31, 2016, it had owned and operated approximately 204 retail food stores. The majority of the Company’s stores are concentrated in central and northeast Pennsylvania, central Maryland, suburban Washington, District of Columbia and Baltimore regions and New York’s Southern Tier. As of December 31, 2016, it had operated four stores in Delaware, 50 stores in Maryland, five stores in New Jersey, nine stores in New York, 121 stores in Pennsylvania, 13 stores in Virginia and two stores in West Virginia, for a total of 204 retail food stores operating under the Weis Markets name.

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