Head to Head Review: RiceBran Technologies (RIBT) & Freshpet (FRPT)

RiceBran Technologies (NASDAQ:RIBT) and Freshpet (NASDAQ:FRPT) are both small-cap consumer staples companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, valuation and dividends.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares RiceBran Technologies and Freshpet’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
RiceBran Technologies $13.35 million 6.09 -$4.53 million N/A N/A
Freshpet $156.38 million 7.46 -$4.26 million ($0.12) -274.25

Freshpet has higher revenue and earnings than RiceBran Technologies.

Risk and Volatility

RiceBran Technologies has a beta of 0.23, meaning that its stock price is 77% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Freshpet has a beta of 1.55, meaning that its stock price is 55% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

10.4% of RiceBran Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 73.1% of Freshpet shares are owned by institutional investors. 10.2% of RiceBran Technologies shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.1% of Freshpet shares are owned 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.

Profitability

This table compares RiceBran Technologies and Freshpet’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
RiceBran Technologies -74.93% -45.57% -39.26%
Freshpet -3.07% -4.86% -4.16%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for RiceBran Technologies and Freshpet, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
RiceBran Technologies 0 1 1 0 2.50
Freshpet 0 4 3 0 2.43

RiceBran Technologies presently has a consensus target price of $5.00, suggesting a potential upside of 66.67%. Freshpet has a consensus target price of $29.17, suggesting a potential downside of 11.37%. Given RiceBran Technologies’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe RiceBran Technologies is more favorable than Freshpet.

Summary

Freshpet beats RiceBran Technologies on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

RiceBran Technologies Company Profile

RiceBran Technologies processes and markets healthy, natural, and nutrient dense products derived from raw rice bran. The company manufactures and distributes stabilized rice bran (SRB) in various granulations with other products and derivatives. It offers RiBalance, a rice bran nutritional package derived from further processing of SRB; RiSolubles, a nutritious carbohydrate and lipid rich fraction of RiBalance; RiFiber, a protein and fiber rich derivative of RiBalance; and protein and protein/fiber blends under the ProRyza brand. The company serves natural food, food and animal nutrition manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers in the United States, Brazil, and internationally. The company was formerly known as NutraCea and changed its name to RiceBran Technologies in October 2012. RiceBran Technologies was incorporated in 1998 and is headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas.

Freshpet Company Profile

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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