Whole Foods Market (WFMI) and Smart (SFS) Head to Head Comparison

Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFMI) and Smart (NYSE:SFS) are both supermarkets & convenience stores companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability and earnings.

Volatility and Risk

Whole Foods Market has a beta of 0.82, indicating that its stock price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Smart has a beta of 0.25, indicating that its stock price is 75% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Whole Foods Market and Smart’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Whole Foods Market N/A N/A N/A $1.21 34.70
Smart $4.34 billion 0.12 $12.94 million $0.12 60.42

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

Profitability

This table compares Whole Foods Market and Smart’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Whole Foods Market 2.85% 13.51% 7.02%
Smart 0.21% 4.14% 1.19%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Whole Foods Market and Smart, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Whole Foods Market 0 0 0 0 N/A
Smart 1 2 5 0 2.50

Smart has a consensus target price of $12.81, indicating a potential upside of 76.72%. Given Smart’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Smart is more favorable than Whole Foods Market.

Summary

Whole Foods Market beats Smart on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Whole Foods Market Company Profile

Whole Foods Market, Inc. is engaged in the business of natural and organic foods supermarket. The Company operates approximately 456 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Its stores have an average size of approximately 39,000 square feet, and are supported by its distribution centers, bake house facilities, commissary kitchens, seafood-processing facilities, a produce procurement center, and a specialty coffee and tea procurement and roasting operation, among others. It offers over 30,000 organic stock keeping units (SKUs), covering various areas of its store, including produce, packaged goods, bulk, frozen, dairy, meat, bakery, prepared foods, coffee, tea, beer, wine, cheese, nutritional supplements, vitamins, body care, pet foods and household goods. The Company’s brands include 365 Everyday Value, Allegro Coffee, Whole Foods Market, Whole Paws, and Engine 2 Plant-Strong. It also offers approximately 400 temporary exclusives.

Smart Company Profile

Smart & Final Stores, Inc. is a food retailer. The Company is engaged in the business of selling fresh perishables and everyday grocery items, together with foodservice, packaging and janitorial products. The Company operates through two segments: Smart & Final, and Cash and Carry. The Smart & Final segment focuses on both household and business customers. Its Smart & Final stores offer various selections of fresh perishables and everyday grocery items, together with a focused selection of foodservice, packaging and janitorial products, under both national and private label brands. The Cash & Carry segment focuses primarily on restaurants, caterers and a range of other foodservice businesses. It operates non-membership warehouse-style grocery stores under the Smart & Final banner in California, Arizona, and Nevada. The Company also operates non-membership warehouse-style grocery stores in Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Utah, and Nevada under the Cash & Carry banner.

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