Contrasting McCormick & Company, (MKC) and Its Competitors

McCormick & Company, (NYSE: MKC) is one of 50 public companies in the “Food Processing” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare McCormick & Company, to related businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, risk and profitability.

Risk and Volatility

McCormick & Company, has a beta of 0.53, meaning that its stock price is 47% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, McCormick & Company,’s peers have a beta of 0.72, meaning that their average stock price is 28% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

McCormick & Company, pays an annual dividend of $1.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. McCormick & Company, pays out 51.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Food Processing” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.5% and pay out 60.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. McCormick & Company, has raised its dividend for 30 consecutive years.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

69.4% of McCormick & Company, shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.4% of shares of all “Food Processing” companies are held by institutional investors. 15.3% of McCormick & Company, shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.2% of shares of all “Food Processing” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for McCormick & Company, and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
McCormick & Company, 0 6 4 0 2.40
McCormick & Company, Competitors 269 1510 1864 53 2.46

McCormick & Company, presently has a consensus price target of $104.56, suggesting a potential upside of 5.43%. As a group, “Food Processing” companies have a potential downside of 2.36%. Given McCormick & Company,’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe McCormick & Company, is more favorable than its peers.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares McCormick & Company, and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
McCormick & Company, $4.48 billion $776.80 million 27.40
McCormick & Company, Competitors $8.38 billion $1.05 billion 22.42

McCormick & Company,’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than McCormick & Company,. McCormick & Company, is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares McCormick & Company, and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
McCormick & Company, 10.05% 26.09% 8.17%
McCormick & Company, Competitors 4.09% 11.30% 4.72%

Summary

McCormick & Company, beats its peers on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About McCormick & Company,

McCormick & Company, Incorporated is engaged in manufacturing, marketing and distributing spices, seasoning mixes, condiments and other flavorful products to the food industry, including retailers, food manufacturers and foodservice businesses. The Company’s segments include consumer and industrial. The Company is involved in the manufacturing and sales of flavorful products. As of November 30, 2016, it offered brands for consumers in approximately 150 countries and territories. The Company’s brands in the Americas include McCormick, Lawry’s, and Club House, as well as brands, such as Gourmet Garden and OLD BAY. It provides a range of products to food manufacturers and foodservice customers. The Company’s sales, distribution and production facilities are located in North America, Europe and China. It markets regional and ethnic brands, such as Zatarain’s, Stubb’s, Thai Kitchen and Simply Asia. The Company offers sensory testing, culinary research, food safety and flavor application.

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