AMBEV S A/S (NYSE: ABEV) and Eastside Distilling (NASDAQ:EAST) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, risk, institutional ownership and earnings.

Risk and Volatility

AMBEV S A/S has a beta of 0.57, meaning that its share price is 43% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Eastside Distilling has a beta of 0.68, meaning that its share price is 32% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for AMBEV S A/S and Eastside Distilling, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AMBEV S A/S 0 3 3 0 2.50
Eastside Distilling 0 0 1 0 3.00

AMBEV S A/S currently has a consensus target price of $7.50, suggesting a potential upside of 50.60%. Eastside Distilling has a consensus target price of $7.00, suggesting a potential downside of 1.13%. Given AMBEV S A/S’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe AMBEV S A/S is more favorable than Eastside Distilling.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares AMBEV S A/S and Eastside Distilling’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
AMBEV S A/S $15.01 billion 5.21 $2.30 billion $0.23 21.65
Eastside Distilling $3.79 million 9.71 -$5.27 million ($1.42) -4.99

AMBEV S A/S has higher revenue and earnings than Eastside Distilling. Eastside Distilling is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than AMBEV S A/S, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

AMBEV S A/S pays an annual dividend of $0.15 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.0%. Eastside Distilling does not pay a dividend. AMBEV S A/S pays out 65.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

6.9% of AMBEV S A/S shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 8.7% of Eastside Distilling shares are owned by institutional investors. 20.8% of Eastside Distilling shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares AMBEV S A/S and Eastside Distilling’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AMBEV S A/S 16.15% 24.66% 14.40%
Eastside Distilling -145.79% -123.27% -71.90%

Summary

AMBEV S A/S beats Eastside Distilling on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About AMBEV S A/S

Ambev S.A., through its subsidiaries, produces, distributes, and sells beer, draft beer, carbonated soft drinks (CSD), other non-alcoholic beverages, malt, and food in the Americas. It operates through Latin America North, Latin America South, and Canada segments. The company offers beer primarily under the Skol, Brahma, Antarctic, Brahva, Brahva Gold, Extra, Budweiser, Bud Light, Stella Artois, Corona, Modelo Especial, Beck, Leffe, Hoegaarden, Presidente, Brahma Light, President Light, Bohemia, The One, Quilmes Clásica, Paceña, Taquiña, Huari, Becker, Báltica, Ouro Fino, Pilsen, Patricia, Labatt Blue, Alexander Keith's, Kokanee, Banks, and Deputy brands. It also provides CSD, bottled water, isotonic beverages, energy drinks, coconut water, powdered and natural juices, and ready-to-drink teas under the Guaraná Antarctica, Gatorade, H2OH!, Lipton Iced Tea, Fusion, Do Bem, Pepsi, Canada Dry, Squirt, Red Rock, Pepsi-Cola, Seven Up, and Frutee brands, as well as cereal bars. Ambev S.A. offers its products through a network of third-party distributors and a direct distribution system. The company was founded in 1885 and is headquartered in São Paulo, Brazil. Ambev S.A. is a subsidiary of Interbrew International B.V.

About Eastside Distilling

Eastside Distilling, Inc. develops, manufactures, produces, and markets hand-crafted spirits in the United States. The company offers bourbon under the Burnside Bourbon and Oregon Oak Burnside Bourbon brand names; premium whiskey under the Barrel Hitch American Whiskey and Barrel Hitch Oregon Oaked Whiskey brand names; distinctive whiskey under the Cherry Bomb Whiskey and Marionberry Whiskey brand names; rum under the Below Deck Silver Rum, Below Deck Spiced Rum, Below Deck Coffee Rum, and Below Deck Ginger Rum brand names; and vodka under the Portland Potato Vodka brand name. It also provides various handmade products, including Advocaat (eggnog) Liqueur, Peppermint Bark Liqueur, Bier Schnapps, and Holiday Spiced Liqueur. In addition, the company offers tastings, tasting room tours, private parties, and merchandise sales from its facilities in Oregon. Eastside Distilling, Inc. was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Portland, Oregon.

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