Fresh Healthy Vending (OTCMKTS: VEND) and Standex International (NYSE:SXI) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, dividends and earnings.

Volatility & Risk

Fresh Healthy Vending has a beta of -8.15, suggesting that its share price is 915% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Standex International has a beta of 1.54, suggesting that its share price is 54% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

0.1% of Fresh Healthy Vending shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 87.9% of Standex International shares are held by institutional investors. 62.6% of Fresh Healthy Vending shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.7% of Standex International shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Fresh Healthy Vending and Standex International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Fresh Healthy Vending -861.36% N/A -72.26%
Standex International 3.99% 14.98% 7.01%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Fresh Healthy Vending and Standex International’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Fresh Healthy Vending $4.27 million 20.09 -$11.26 million N/A N/A
Standex International $755.26 million 1.66 $46.54 million $4.55 21.46

Standex International has higher revenue and earnings than Fresh Healthy Vending.

Dividends

Standex International pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. Fresh Healthy Vending does not pay a dividend. Standex International pays out 15.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Standex International has raised its dividend for 8 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Fresh Healthy Vending and Standex International, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Fresh Healthy Vending 0 0 1 0 3.00
Standex International 0 1 4 0 2.80

Standex International has a consensus price target of $118.67, suggesting a potential upside of 21.52%. Given Standex International’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Standex International is more favorable than Fresh Healthy Vending.

Summary

Standex International beats Fresh Healthy Vending on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Fresh Healthy Vending

Generation Next Franchise Brands, Inc., a franchise development company, operates vending machines and micro markets in North America, the Bahamas, and Puerto Rico. The company and its franchisees operate approximately 3,000 vending machines and micro markets that provide natural and organic food and beverage products. The company was formerly known as Fresh Healthy Vending International, Inc. and changed its name to Generation Next Franchise Brands, Inc. in March 2016. Generation Next Franchise Brands, Inc. was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in San Diego, California.

About Standex International

Standex International Corporation manufactures and sells various products and services for commercial and industrial markets in the United States and internationally. The company's Food Service Equipment segment offers refrigerated cabinets, cases, display units, coolers and freezers, ovens, char broilers, ranges, griddles, toasters, warmers, roller grills, countertop merchandisers, cook and hold units, rotisseries, pressure fryers, deep fryers, baking equipment, pump systems, and display cases. Its Engraving segment provides mold texturizing and slush molding tools; and roll engraving, hygiene product tooling, low observation vents for stealth aircraft, and process machineries, as well as project management and design services. It serves automotive, plastic, building product, synthetic material, converting, textile and paper, computer, houseware, hygiene product tooling, and aerospace industries. The company's Engineering Technologies segment offers customized solutions used in the manufacture of engineered components for the aviation, aerospace, defense, energy, industrial, medical, marine, oil and gas, and space markets. Its Electronics segment offers electronic components, including reed relays, fluid level sensors, and electronic assemblies; and wound transformers and inductors, assemblies, and mechanical packaging and planar transformers for the transportation, smart-grid, energy, appliance, HVAC, security, military, medical, aerospace, test and measurement, power distribution, and general industrial applications. The company's Hydraulics segment offers telescopic and piston rod hydraulic cylinders, and pneumatic cylinders for use in construction equipment, refuse, airline support, mining, oil and gas, and other material handling applications. Standex International Corporation sells its products through dealers and industry representatives. The company was founded in 1955 and is headquartered in Salem, New Hampshire.

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