Financial Review: Constellation Brands (STZ.B) versus Willamette Valley Vineyards (WVVI)

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Constellation Brands (NYSE:STZ.B) and Willamette Valley Vineyards (NASDAQ:WVVI) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, dividends, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Dividends

Constellation Brands pays an annual dividend of $2.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. Willamette Valley Vineyards does not pay a dividend.

Volatility and Risk

Constellation Brands has a beta of 0.09, indicating that its stock price is 91% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Willamette Valley Vineyards has a beta of 0.49, indicating that its stock price is 51% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Constellation Brands and Willamette Valley Vineyards, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Constellation Brands 0 0 0 0 N/A
Willamette Valley Vineyards 0 0 0 0 N/A

Profitability

This table compares Constellation Brands and Willamette Valley Vineyards’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Constellation Brands 38.18% 18.63% 8.09%
Willamette Valley Vineyards 14.88% 11.63% 5.46%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

0.1% of Constellation Brands shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 9.3% of Willamette Valley Vineyards shares are held by institutional investors. 96.8% of Constellation Brands shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.1% of Willamette Valley Vineyards shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Constellation Brands and Willamette Valley Vineyards’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Constellation Brands $8.33 billion 4.47 $2.32 billion N/A N/A
Willamette Valley Vineyards $20.85 million 1.70 $2.99 million N/A N/A

Constellation Brands has higher revenue and earnings than Willamette Valley Vineyards.

Summary

Constellation Brands beats Willamette Valley Vineyards on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Constellation Brands

Constellation Brands, Inc. is an international beverage alcohol company. The Company is a producer and marketer of beer, wine and spirits with operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand and Italy. Its segments include Beer, Wine and Spirits, and Corporate Operations and Other. It is a multi-category supplier (beer, wine and spirits) of beverage alcohol in the United States. It sells a number of brands in the import and craft beer categories, including Corona Extra, Corona Light, Modelo Especial, Ballast Point and others. It is a producer and marketer of wine, and sells a number of wine brands across various categories, including table wine, sparkling wine and dessert wine, and across all price points, such as popular, premium and luxury categories. Some of its wine and spirits brands sold in the United States, which comprise its U.S. Focus Brands (Focus Brands) include Meiomi, Robert Mondavi, Wild Horse and others.

About Willamette Valley Vineyards

Willamette Valley Vineyards, Inc. produces and sells wine in the United States and internationally. The company offers Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Methode Champenoise Brut, Rose, and Riesling branded wines under the Willamette Valley Vineyards and Elton labels; Semi-Sparkling Muscat branded wine under the Tualatin Estate Vineyards label; Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Cabernet Franc, The Griffin, and Viognier branded wines under the Griffin Creek label; and Oregon Blossom branded wine under the Oregon Cellars label. It owns and leases approximately 913 acres of land. The company markets and sells its wine products directly through sales at the winery; and mailing lists, as well as through distributors and wine brokers. Willamette Valley Vineyards, Inc. was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Turner, Oregon.

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