Head to Head Comparison: Freshpet (FRPT) and Its Competitors

Freshpet (NASDAQ: FRPT) is one of 7 public companies in the “Grain mill products” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Freshpet to related companies based on the strength of its earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk and dividends.

Volatility and Risk

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Freshpet has a beta of 1.69, indicating that its stock price is 69% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Freshpet’s competitors have a beta of 1.00, indicating that their average stock price is 0% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Freshpet and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Freshpet -2.73% -3.85% -3.27%
Freshpet Competitors 4.72% 9.45% 0.06%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Freshpet and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Freshpet 0 4 3 0 2.43
Freshpet Competitors 74 373 324 2 2.33

Freshpet presently has a consensus price target of $19.67, suggesting a potential upside of 23.69%. As a group, “Grain mill products” companies have a potential upside of 19.98%. Given Freshpet’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Freshpet is more favorable than its competitors.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

73.4% of Freshpet shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 55.0% of shares of all “Grain mill products” companies are owned by institutional investors. 6.8% of Freshpet shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 17.6% of shares of all “Grain mill products” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Freshpet and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Freshpet $156.38 million -$4.26 million -132.50
Freshpet Competitors $5.73 billion $497.41 million -11.52

Freshpet’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Freshpet. Freshpet is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Freshpet competitors beat Freshpet on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

About Freshpet

Freshpet, Inc. manufactures and markets natural fresh products, refrigerated meals, and treats for dogs and cats in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. The company sells its products under the Freshpet brand; and Dognation and Dog Joy labels through various classes of retail, including grocery, mass, club, pet specialty, and natural, as well as online. Freshpet, Inc. was incorporated in 2004 and is headquartered in Secaucus, New Jersey.

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