Reviewing SodaStream International (SODA) & National Beverage Corp. (FIZZ)

SodaStream International (NASDAQ: SODA) and National Beverage Corp. (NASDAQ:FIZZ) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, dividends, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Volatility & Risk

SodaStream International has a beta of 1.22, meaning that its stock price is 22% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, National Beverage Corp. has a beta of 0.59, meaning that its stock price is 41% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares SodaStream International and National Beverage Corp.’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SodaStream International $501.96 million 2.63 $89.48 million $2.70 22.45
National Beverage Corp. $869.64 million 6.01 $189.51 million $2.50 44.90

National Beverage Corp. has higher revenue and earnings than SodaStream International. SodaStream International is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than National Beverage Corp., indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

47.7% of SodaStream International shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 21.8% of National Beverage Corp. shares are held by institutional investors. 75.2% of National Beverage Corp. shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for SodaStream International and National Beverage Corp., as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SodaStream International 0 2 1 0 2.33
National Beverage Corp. 2 1 0 0 1.33

SodaStream International presently has a consensus target price of $61.33, indicating a potential upside of 1.18%. National Beverage Corp. has a consensus target price of $85.67, indicating a potential downside of 23.69%. Given SodaStream International’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe SodaStream International is more favorable than National Beverage Corp..

Profitability

This table compares SodaStream International and National Beverage Corp.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SodaStream International 11.89% 14.86% 12.04%
National Beverage Corp. 13.38% 49.70% 32.30%

Summary

National Beverage Corp. beats SodaStream International on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

SodaStream International Company Profile

SodaStream International Ltd. is a sparkling water company. The Company manufactures, distributes and sells home beverage carbonation systems, which enable consumers to transform ordinary tap water into sparkling water and flavored sparkling water. The Company’s segments include The Americas, Western Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEMEA). The Americas segment consists of the United States, Canada and other markets in North America, Central America and South America, which are influenced by the consumption culture of the United States. The Western Europe segment consists of its markets in Western and Northern Europe, which are characterized by high price levels. Its Asia-Pacific segment consists of its markets in Australia and New Zealand, together with other markets in East Asia, including Japan and South Korea. The CEMEA segment consists of its markets in Central and Eastern Europe, Israel and South Africa.

National Beverage Corp. Company Profile

National Beverage Corp. is a holding company. The Company develops, produces, markets and sells a diverse portfolio of flavored beverage products primarily in North America. The Company’s brands consist of beverages geared to the active and health-conscious consumer (Power+ Brands), including sparkling waters, energy drinks and juices, and carbonated soft drinks in a range of flavors, including regular, sugar-free and reduced calorie options. In addition, the Company produces soft drinks for certain retailers, such as allied brands. The Company’s portfolio of Power+ Brands includes LaCroix, LaCroix Curate, LaCroix NiCola and Shasta sparkling water products; Rip It energy drinks and shots, and Everfresh, Everfresh Premier Varietals and Mr. Pure juice and juice-based products. The Company’s carbonated soft drinks include Shasta and Faygo, iconic brands. The Company had, as of April 30, 2016, 12 production facilities located near metropolitan markets across the continental United States.

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