Lancaster Colony (NASDAQ:LANC) and Centennial Specialty Foods (NASDAQ:CHLE) Financial Survey

Lancaster Colony (NASDAQ:LANC) and Centennial Specialty Foods (OTCMKTS:CHLE) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Lancaster Colony and Centennial Specialty Foods, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Lancaster Colony 0 0 2 0 3.00
Centennial Specialty Foods 0 0 0 0 N/A

Lancaster Colony presently has a consensus target price of $160.00, suggesting a potential downside of 8.37%. Given Lancaster Colony’s higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Lancaster Colony is more favorable than Centennial Specialty Foods.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Lancaster Colony and Centennial Specialty Foods’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Lancaster Colony $1.33 billion 3.60 $136.98 million $4.93 35.42
Centennial Specialty Foods N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Lancaster Colony has higher revenue and earnings than Centennial Specialty Foods.

Profitability

This table compares Lancaster Colony and Centennial Specialty Foods’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Lancaster Colony 10.27% 17.66% 13.83%
Centennial Specialty Foods N/A N/A N/A

Risk and Volatility

Lancaster Colony has a beta of 0.3, suggesting that its stock price is 70% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Centennial Specialty Foods has a beta of 2.21, suggesting that its stock price is 121% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

56.1% of Lancaster Colony shares are owned by institutional investors. 31.7% of Lancaster Colony shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 17.2% of Centennial Specialty Foods shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Lancaster Colony beats Centennial Specialty Foods on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Lancaster Colony Company Profile

Lancaster Colony Corporation manufactures and markets specialty food products for the retail and foodservice markets in the United States. The company operates in two segments, Retail and Foodservice. It offers frozen garlic bread under the New York BRAND Bakery; frozen Parkerhouse style yeast and dinner rolls under the Sister Schubert's; frozen mini stuffed bagels under the Bantam Bagels; salad dressings under the Marzetti, Simply Dressed, Simply 60, Cardini's, Tastefully Dressed, and Girard's; and vegetable and fruit dips under the Marzetti brand names. The company also provides flatbread wraps and pizza crusts under the Flatout; sprouted grain bakery products under the Angelic Bakehouse; croutons and salad toppings under the New York BRAND Bakery, Chatham Village, and Marzetti; and frozen pasta under the Marzetti Frozen Pasta brand names. In addition, it manufactures and sells other products to brand license agreements, including Olive Garden's dressings, Chick-fil-A, and Buffalo Wild Wings sauces. The company sells its products through sales personnel, food brokers, and distributors to retailers and restaurants. Lancaster Colony Corporation was founded in 1961 and is based in Westerville, Ohio.

Centennial Specialty Foods Company Profile

Centennial Specialty Foods Corp. markets, sells, and distributes branded ethnic Southwestern sauces and food products in Colorado. It offers green chile sauces, and chili con carne or chili products. The company's sauces and chili products come in varieties with pork, chicken, beef, and no meat. Its Ellis products include refried beans, tamale products, chili products, bean products, and Ellis burrito sauce. The company sells its products through grocery stores, superstores, and club stores primarily in Colorado, Arizona, and California. Centennial Specialty Foods Corp. was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Centennial, Colorado.

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