Coca-Cola Bottling Co Consolidated (NASDAQ:COKE) and Coca-Cola European Partners (NYSE:CCEP) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Coca-Cola Bottling Co Consolidated and Coca-Cola European Partners, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Coca-Cola Bottling Co Consolidated 0 0 0 0 N/A
Coca-Cola European Partners 0 0 0 0 N/A

Institutional and Insider Ownership

37.6% of Coca-Cola Bottling Co Consolidated shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 31.5% of Coca-Cola European Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.0% of Coca-Cola Bottling Co Consolidated shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 3.0% of Coca-Cola European Partners shares are owned by insiders. 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.

Volatility & Risk

Coca-Cola Bottling Co Consolidated has a beta of 0.36, meaning that its stock price is 64% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Coca-Cola European Partners has a beta of 0.61, meaning that its stock price is 39% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Coca-Cola Bottling Co Consolidated and Coca-Cola European Partners’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Coca-Cola Bottling Co Consolidated $4.32 billion 0.47 $96.53 million N/A N/A
Coca-Cola European Partners $12.50 billion 1.82 $777.64 million $2.39 19.68

Coca-Cola European Partners has higher revenue and earnings than Coca-Cola Bottling Co Consolidated.

Profitability

This table compares Coca-Cola Bottling Co Consolidated and Coca-Cola European Partners’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Coca-Cola Bottling Co Consolidated 1.83% 7.06% 1.04%
Coca-Cola European Partners 6.26% 16.36% 6.01%

Dividends

Coca-Cola Bottling Co Consolidated pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. Coca-Cola European Partners pays an annual dividend of $0.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. Coca-Cola European Partners pays out 13.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Coca-Cola European Partners has increased its dividend for 9 consecutive years. Coca-Cola European Partners is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Summary

Coca-Cola European Partners beats Coca-Cola Bottling Co Consolidated on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Coca-Cola Bottling Co Consolidated

Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, together with its subsidiaries, produces, markets, and distributes nonalcoholic beverages, primarily products of The Coca-Cola Company in the United States. The company offers sparkling beverages, including carbonated beverages; and still beverages, such as energy products, as well as noncarbonated beverages comprising bottled water, tea, ready to drink coffee, enhanced water, juices, and sports drinks. It also sells its products to other Coca-Cola bottlers; and post-mix products that are dispensed through equipment, which mixes the fountain syrup with carbonated or still water enabling fountain retailers to sell finished products to consumers in cups or glasses. In addition, the company distributes products for various other beverage brands that include Dr Pepper, Sundrop, and Monster Energy. It sells and distributes its products directly to retail stores and other outlets, which comprise food markets, institutional accounts, and vending machine outlets. Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated was founded in 1902 and is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina.

About Coca-Cola European Partners

Coca-Cola European Partners Plc engages in the distribution and sale of ready-to-drink beverages. IT operates through the following brands: Coca-Cola, Diet Coke or Coca-Cola Light, Coke Zero, Coca-Cola Life, Fanta, and Sprite. It also offers energy drinks, waters, juices, sports drinks, and ready-to-drink teas. The company was founded on May 28, 2016 and is headquartered in Uxbridge, the United Kingdom.

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