Assd Brit FOODS/ADR (ASBFY) versus DISCO Corp/ADR (DSCSY) Critical Comparison

Assd Brit FOODS/ADR (OTCMKTS:ASBFY) and DISCO Corp/ADR (OTCMKTS:DSCSY) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares Assd Brit FOODS/ADR and DISCO Corp/ADR’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Assd Brit FOODS/ADR N/A N/A N/A
DISCO Corp/ADR 21.35% 18.58% 15.08%

Dividends

Assd Brit FOODS/ADR pays an annual dividend of $0.27 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. DISCO Corp/ADR pays an annual dividend of $0.33 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Assd Brit FOODS/ADR pays out 15.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. DISCO Corp/ADR pays out 16.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Assd Brit FOODS/ADR and DISCO Corp/ADR, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Assd Brit FOODS/ADR 0 1 5 0 2.83
DISCO Corp/ADR 0 0 0 0 N/A

Risk and Volatility

Assd Brit FOODS/ADR has a beta of 0.68, indicating that its stock price is 32% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, DISCO Corp/ADR has a beta of 1.5, indicating that its stock price is 50% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Assd Brit FOODS/ADR and DISCO Corp/ADR’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Assd Brit FOODS/ADR $20.29 billion 1.25 $1.31 billion $1.76 18.26
DISCO Corp/ADR $1.51 billion 3.46 $334.55 million $1.97 14.77

Assd Brit FOODS/ADR has higher revenue and earnings than DISCO Corp/ADR. DISCO Corp/ADR is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Assd Brit FOODS/ADR, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.1% of Assd Brit FOODS/ADR shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

DISCO Corp/ADR beats Assd Brit FOODS/ADR on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Assd Brit FOODS/ADR

Associated British Foods plc operates as a diversified food, ingredients, and retail company worldwide. It operates through five segments: Grocery, Sugar, Agriculture, Ingredients, and Retail. The Grocery segment manufactures and sells grocery products, including hot beverages, sugar and sweeteners, vegetable oils, bread and baked goods, cereals, ethnic foods, and meat products to retail, wholesale, and foodservice businesses. The Sugar segment is involved in growing, processing, and sale of sugar beet and sugar cane to industrial users. The Agriculture segment manufactures and sells animal feeds; and provides other products and services for the agriculture sector. The Ingredients segment manufactures bakers' yeast, bakery ingredients, enzymes, lipids, yeast extracts, and cereal specialties. The Retail segment is involved in buying and merchandising clothing and accessories through the Primark and Penneys retail chains, which offer womenswear, lingerie, children's wear, menswear, footwear, accessories, hosiery, beauty and homeware. The company was founded in 1935 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom. Associated British Foods plc is a subsidiary of Wittington Investments Limited.

About DISCO Corp/ADR

Disco Corporation manufactures and sells precision cutting, grinding, and polishing machines in Japan and internationally. Its precision machines include dicing saws, laser saws, grinders, polishers, wafer mounters, die separators, surface planers, and waterjet saws, as well as products for dicing before grinding process and package singulation. The company also offers precision processing tools comprising dicing blades, grinding wheels, and dry polishing wheels; and other products, such as accessory equipment, as well as frames and cassettes, and additives for cutting waters. In addition, it manufactures and sells precision diamond abrasive tools; and offers processing services. Further, the company is involved in the disassembly and recycling of precision cutting, grinding, and polishing machines, as well as provides training services for the maintenance and operation of its products. Additionally, it leases precision machines; and purchases and sells used machines. The company was founded in 1937 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

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