Contrasting Carlsberg (CABGY) & Kirin (KNBWY)

Carlsberg (OTCMKTS: CABGY) and Kirin (OTCMKTS:KNBWY) are both large-cap consumer staples companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, risk and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Carlsberg and Kirin, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Carlsberg 1 3 1 0 2.00
Kirin 0 0 0 0 N/A

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Carlsberg and Kirin’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Carlsberg $9.39 billion 1.45 $191.24 million $0.98 23.42
Kirin $16.62 billion 1.61 $2.15 billion $1.54 19.05

Kirin has higher revenue and earnings than Carlsberg. Kirin is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Carlsberg, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


Carlsberg pays an annual dividend of $0.37 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. Kirin pays an annual dividend of $0.18 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. Carlsberg pays out 37.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Kirin pays out 11.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.2% of Carlsberg shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.2% of Kirin 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.


This table compares Carlsberg and Kirin’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Carlsberg N/A N/A N/A
Kirin 8.10% 15.21% 6.97%

Risk & Volatility

Carlsberg has a beta of 1.29, indicating that its share price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Kirin has a beta of 0.29, indicating that its share price is 71% less volatile than the S&P 500.


Kirin beats Carlsberg on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Carlsberg Company Profile

Carlsberg A/S produces and sells beer and other beverage products in Western Europe, Eastern Europe, and Asia. The company provides craft and specialty, and non-alcoholic beers; and soft drinks. It offers its products primarily under the Carlsberg, Baltika, Tuborg, FIX ANEY, and Ringnes brand names. Carlsberg A/S also exports its products to approximately 100 countries worldwide. The company was founded in 1847 and is based in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Kirin Company Profile

Kirin Holdings Company, Limited manufactures and sells alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and pharmaceuticals and bio-chemicals in Japan and internationally. The company operates through four segments: Japan Integrated Beverages, Oceania Integrated Beverages, Other Overseas Integrated Beverages, and Pharmaceuticals and Bio-chemicals. Its products include beer, fruit juices, wine, whiskey, spirits, dairy products, soft drinks, and other products. The company also produces and sells pharmaceutical products, biochemical products, biosimilars, diagnostics, and other products. The company was formerly known as Kirin Brewery Company, Limited and changed its name to Kirin Holdings Company, Limited in July 2007. Kirin Holdings Company, Limited was founded in 1885 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

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