Head to Head Contrast: Crimson Wine Group (CWGL) & Willamette Valley Vineyards (WVVI)

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Willamette Valley Vineyards (NASDAQ:WVVI) and Crimson Wine Group (OTCMKTS:CWGL) are both small-cap consumer staples companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, risk, dividends, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Willamette Valley Vineyards and Crimson Wine Group, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Willamette Valley Vineyards 0 0 0 0 N/A
Crimson Wine Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

Institutional & Insider Ownership

9.3% of Willamette Valley Vineyards shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 23.1% of Crimson Wine Group shares are held by institutional investors. 11.1% of Willamette Valley Vineyards shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 21.6% of Crimson Wine Group shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Willamette Valley Vineyards and Crimson Wine Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Willamette Valley Vineyards 14.88% 11.63% 5.46%
Crimson Wine Group 8.68% 2.90% 2.46%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Willamette Valley Vineyards and Crimson Wine Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Willamette Valley Vineyards $20.85 million 1.75 $2.99 million N/A N/A
Crimson Wine Group $63.22 million 2.98 $6.18 million N/A N/A

Crimson Wine Group has higher revenue and earnings than Willamette Valley Vineyards.

Volatility and Risk

Willamette Valley Vineyards has a beta of 0.49, suggesting that its share price is 51% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Crimson Wine Group has a beta of 0.1, suggesting that its share price is 90% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Crimson Wine Group beats Willamette Valley Vineyards on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About Crimson Wine Group

Crimson Wine Group, Ltd., through its subsidiaries, engages in the production and sale of ultra-premium and wines. It operates through two segments, Wholesale and Direct to Consumer. The company sells wines through independent wine and spirit distributors in the United States; and independent importers and brokers internationally. It exports its products to 35 countries. The company was formerly known as Leucadia Cellars, Ltd. and changed its name to Crimson Wine Group, Ltd. in November 2007. Crimson Wine Group, Ltd. was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in Napa, California. Crimson Wine Group, Ltd. was formerly a subsidiary of Leucadia National Corporation.

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