Whole Earth Brands (NASDAQ:FREE) vs. Cosan (NYSE:CSAN) Financial Survey

Whole Earth Brands (NASDAQ:FREE) and Cosan (NYSE:CSAN) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, risk and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Whole Earth Brands and Cosan’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Whole Earth Brands -8.23% -2.84% -1.33%
Cosan 8.50% 11.14% 2.58%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Whole Earth Brands and Cosan, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Whole Earth Brands 0 0 5 0 3.00
Cosan 0 1 0 0 2.00

Whole Earth Brands presently has a consensus price target of $19.40, indicating a potential upside of 47.08%. Given Whole Earth Brands’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Whole Earth Brands is more favorable than Cosan.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

65.5% of Whole Earth Brands shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Whole Earth Brands and Cosan’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Whole Earth Brands $275.50 million 1.84 -$42.57 million N/A N/A
Cosan $5.01 billion 0.97 $333.56 million N/A N/A

Cosan has higher revenue and earnings than Whole Earth Brands.

Volatility and Risk

Whole Earth Brands has a beta of 0.23, indicating that its share price is 77% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cosan has a beta of 1.15, indicating that its share price is 15% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Cosan beats Whole Earth Brands on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Whole Earth Brands Company Profile

Whole Earth Brands, Inc. operates as a food company worldwide. It operates in two segments, Branded CPG and Flavors & Ingredients. The Branded CPG segment focuses on building a branded portfolio serving consumers seeking zero-calorie, low-calorie, natural, no-sugar added, and plant-based products. The Branded CPG segment sells products under the Whole Earth, Pure Via, Swerve, Canderel, and Equal brands. This segment offers various sweetener formulations under each brand to address local consumer preferences and price points. The Flavors & Ingredients segment provides flavoring enhancement, flavor/aftertaste masking, moisturizing, product mouth feel modification, and skin soothing characteristics. This segment also offers licorice-derived products for use in confectionary, food, beverage, cosmetic, pharmaceutical, personal care, and tobacco products applications. The company is based in Chicago, Illinois.

Cosan Company Profile

Cosan S.A., through its subsidiaries, primarily engages in the fuel distribution business in Brazil, Europe, Latin America, North America, Asia, and internationally. It operates through Raízen Energia, Raízen Combustíveis, Gas and Energy, and Moove segments. The company's Raízen Energia segment produces and markets various products derived from sugar cane, including raw sugar, and anhydrous and hydrated ethanol. This segment also engages in activities related to energy cogeneration from sugarcane bagasse; and holds interests in companies involved in research and development on new technology. Its Raízen Combustíveis segment distributes and markets fuels through a franchised network of service stations under the Shell brand. This segment also engages in the petroleum refining; operation of convenience stores; manufacture and sale of automotive and industrial lubricants; and production and sale of liquefied petroleum gas. The company's Gas and Energy segment distributes piped natural gas to customers in the industrial, residential, commercial, automotive, and cogeneration sectors; and engages in purchase and sale of electricity to other traders. Its Moove segment produces and distributes lubricants under the Mobil and Comma brands. The company was founded in 1936 and is headquartered in São Paulo, Brazil.

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