Ingles Markets, (NASDAQ: IMKTA) and Delhaize Group SA (NYSE:DEG) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitabiliy, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends and risk.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Ingles Markets, and Delhaize Group SA’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||EBITDA||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Ingles Markets,||$3.85 billion||0.18||$230.63 million||$2.46||13.80|
|Delhaize Group SA||N/A||N/A||N/A||$1.19||23.62|
Ingles Markets, has higher revenue and earnings than Delhaize Group SA. Ingles Markets, is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Delhaize Group SA, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Risk & Volatility
Ingles Markets, has a beta of 0.6, suggesting that its share price is 40% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Delhaize Group SA has a beta of 0.98, suggesting that its share price is 2% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
60.1% of Ingles Markets, shares are held by institutional investors. 30.3% of Ingles Markets, shares are held by company insiders. 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 Ingles Markets, and Delhaize Group SA’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Delhaize Group SA||N/A||N/A||N/A|
This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Ingles Markets, and Delhaize Group SA, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Delhaize Group SA||0||0||1||0||3.00|
Ingles Markets, pays an annual dividend of $0.66 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. Delhaize Group SA pays an annual dividend of $0.35 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Ingles Markets, pays out 26.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Delhaize Group SA pays out 29.4% 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. Ingles Markets, is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.
Ingles Markets, beats Delhaize Group SA on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.
Ingles Markets, Company Profile
Ingles Markets, Incorporated (Ingles) is a supermarket chain in the southeast United States. The Company’s segments include retail grocery and other. Its other segment consists of fluid dairy operations and shopping center rentals. As of September 24, 2016, the Company operated 201 supermarkets in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Alabama. The Company locates its supermarkets primarily in suburban areas, small towns and rural communities. Ingles supermarkets offer customers a range of food products, including grocery, meat and dairy products, produce, frozen foods and other perishables and non-food products. Its non-food products include fuel centers, pharmacies, health and beauty care products and general merchandise. The Company focuses on selling products to its customers through the development of organic products, bakery departments and prepared foods, including delicatessen sections.
Delhaize Group SA Company Profile
Delhaize le Lion de Leeuw BV (Belgium Branch), formerly Delhaize Group SA, is a Belgium-based food retailer. The Company operates through three segments: the United States, including Food Lion and Hannaford banners; Belgium, including Delhaize Le Lion and AD Delhaize banners, and Southeastern Europe (SEE), including Alfa Beta, Mega Image and Shop&Go banners. The Company is principally engaged in the operation of food supermarkets through Company-operated, affiliated and franchised stores. Affiliated stores are with its banners that are operated by independent third parties to whom the Company sells its products at wholesale prices. Its store network also includes other store formats, such as proximity, cash and carry, and specialty stores. The Company has stores located in the United States (Northeast, Southeast and Mid-Atlantic), Belgium, Luxembourg, Greece, Serbia, Romania and Indonesia. The Company operates over 3,510 stores.
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