Critical Contrast: Fresh Del Monte Produce (NYSE:FDP) vs. Yew Bio-Pharm Group (YEWB)

Fresh Del Monte Produce (NYSE:FDP) and Yew Bio-Pharm Group (OTCMKTS:YEWB) are both small-cap consumer staples companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares Fresh Del Monte Produce and Yew Bio-Pharm Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Fresh Del Monte Produce 0.13% 2.17% 1.24%
Yew Bio-Pharm Group -17.24% -13.98% -11.94%

Dividends

Fresh Del Monte Produce pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. Yew Bio-Pharm Group does not pay a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Fresh Del Monte Produce and Yew Bio-Pharm Group, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Fresh Del Monte Produce 0 0 0 0 N/A
Yew Bio-Pharm Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

Institutional & Insider Ownership

58.9% of Fresh Del Monte Produce shares are held by institutional investors. 39.0% of Fresh Del Monte Produce shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 63.7% of Yew Bio-Pharm Group shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

Fresh Del Monte Produce has a beta of 0.72, meaning that its share price is 28% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Yew Bio-Pharm Group has a beta of -0.67, meaning that its share price is 167% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Fresh Del Monte Produce and Yew Bio-Pharm Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Fresh Del Monte Produce $4.09 billion 0.40 $120.80 million N/A N/A
Yew Bio-Pharm Group $40.54 million 0.31 $3.21 million N/A N/A

Fresh Del Monte Produce has higher revenue and earnings than Yew Bio-Pharm Group.

Summary

Fresh Del Monte Produce beats Yew Bio-Pharm Group on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Fresh Del Monte Produce

Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc., through its subsidiaries, produces, markets, and distributes fresh and fresh-cut fruits and vegetables worldwide. It offers fresh produce products consisting of bananas, pineapples, melons, tomatoes, grapes, apples, pears, peaches, plums, nectarines, cherries, citrus, avocados, blueberries, strawberries, and kiwi; various vegetables, including potatoes, onions, bell peppers, and cucumbers; and various other fruits, such as plantains and mangos. The company also produces and distributes prepared fruits and vegetables, juices, beverages, snacks, poultry, and meat products. In addition, it engages in ocean freight business; and manufacturing plastic and box products, such as bins, trays, bags, and boxes. The company offers its products under the DEL MONTE brand, as well as under other brands, such as UTC, Rosy, Fruit Express, Just Juice, Fruitini, and other regional brands. It markets and distributes its products to retail stores, club stores, wholesalers, distributors, and foodservice operators. Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. was founded in 1886 and is headquartered in Coral Gables, Florida.

About Yew Bio-Pharm Group

Yew Bio-Pharm Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, grows and sells yew trees in the People's Republic of China. It operates through four segments: Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Raw Materials, Yew Trees, Handicrafts, and Others. The TCM Raw Materials segment engages in the production and sale of raw materials that are used in the manufacture of TCM. It offers yew raw materials, including branches and leaves of yew trees. The Yew Tree segment is involved in growing and selling yew seedlings and mature trees. It cultivates and sells yew seedlings and trees to state-owned enterprises and private businesses for reforestation in the provinces of Heilongjiang and Jilin; and sells potted yew trees to retail customers. The Handicrafts segment manufactures and sells furniture and handicrafts made of yew timber. The Others segment sells yew candles, pine needle extracts, complex taxus cuspidate extract, composite northeast yew extract, and yew essential oil soap. The company also sells wood ear mushroom. Yew Bio-Pharm Group, Inc. was incorporated in 2007 and is based in El Monte, California.

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