Comparing National Beverage (NASDAQ:FIZZ) & Primo Water (NYSE:PRMW)

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National Beverage (NASDAQ:FIZZ) and Primo Water (NYSE:PRMW) 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 institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, risk and profitability.

Risk & Volatility

National Beverage has a beta of 1.31, meaning that its share price is 31% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Primo Water has a beta of 1.12, meaning that its share price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

30.2% of National Beverage shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 92.6% of Primo Water shares are held by institutional investors. 75.2% of National Beverage shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 5.4% of Primo Water shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares National Beverage and Primo Water’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
National Beverage 14.23% 32.90% 23.30%
Primo Water -5.32% 1.71% 0.62%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares National Beverage and Primo Water’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
National Beverage $1.00 billion 4.46 $129.97 million $2.78 34.40
Primo Water $2.39 billion 1.00 $2.90 million N/A N/A

National Beverage has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Primo Water.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for National Beverage and Primo Water, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
National Beverage 2 1 0 0 1.33
Primo Water 0 0 1 0 3.00

National Beverage currently has a consensus target price of $56.00, suggesting a potential downside of 41.43%. Primo Water has a consensus target price of $18.00, suggesting a potential upside of 20.48%. Given Primo Water’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Primo Water is more favorable than National Beverage.

Summary

National Beverage beats Primo Water on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

National Beverage Company Profile

National Beverage Corp., through its subsidiaries, develops, produces, markets, and sells a portfolio of sparkling waters, juices, energy drinks, and carbonated soft drinks primarily in the United States and Canada. The company offers beverages to the active and health-conscious consumers, including sparkling waters, energy drinks, and juices under the LaCroix, LaCroix Cúrate, LaCroix NiCola, Clear Fruit, Rip It, Everfresh, Everfresh Premier Varietals, and Mr. Pure brands; and carbonated soft drinks under the Shasta and Faygo brands. It serves retailers, as well as various smaller up-and-down-the-street accounts through the take-home, convenience, and food-service distribution channels. National Beverage Corp. was founded in 1985 and is based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. National Beverage Corp. operates as a subsidiary of IBS Partners, Ltd.

Primo Water Company Profile

Primo Water Corporation provides home and office bottled water delivery and water filtration services in North America and Europe. It offers water dispensers, purified bottled water, and self-service refill drinking water; and coffee and tea, and sparkling water beverages from Sparkling Ice, as well as other premium water products. The company provides its services to residences, businesses, and small and large retailers. It serves approximately 2.5 million customers through its platform, sales and distribution facilities, and fleets, as well as through wholesalers and distributors. The company was formerly known as Cott Corporation and changed its name to Primo Water Corporation in March 2020. The company is based in Tampa, Florida.

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