Financial Review: Albertsons Companies (NYSE:ACI) vs. Ingles Markets (NYSE:IMKTA)

Albertsons Companies (NYSE:ACI) and Ingles Markets (NASDAQ:IMKTA) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, valuation and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Albertsons Companies and Ingles Markets, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Albertsons Companies 0 2 15 0 2.88
Ingles Markets 0 0 0 0 N/A

Albertsons Companies currently has a consensus price target of $19.80, suggesting a potential upside of 31.13%. Given Albertsons Companies’ higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Albertsons Companies is more favorable than Ingles Markets.

Profitability

This table compares Albertsons Companies and Ingles Markets’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Albertsons Companies N/A N/A N/A
Ingles Markets 2.35% 15.21% 5.41%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Albertsons Companies and Ingles Markets’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Albertsons Companies N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Ingles Markets $4.20 billion 0.21 $81.58 million $4.03 10.84

Ingles Markets has higher revenue and earnings than Albertsons Companies.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

66.1% of Ingles Markets shares are owned by institutional investors. 29.2% of Ingles Markets shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Ingles Markets beats Albertsons Companies on 6 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Albertsons Companies

Albertsons Companies, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a food and drug retailer in the United States. Its food and drug retail stores offer grocery products, general merchandise, health and beauty care products, pharmacy, fuel, and other items and services. As of February 29, 2020, the company operated 2,252 stores under various banners, including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw's, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Market Street, Pavilions, Star Market, Carrs, and Haggen; and 1,726 pharmacies, 1,290 in-store branded coffee shops, and 402 adjacent fuel centers. The company is headquartered in Boise, Idaho. Albertsons Companies, Inc. is a subsidiary of Albertsons Investor Holdings LLC.

About Ingles Markets

Ingles Markets, Incorporated operates a chain of supermarkets in the southeast United States. Its supermarkets offer various food products, including grocery, meat and dairy products, produce, frozen foods, and other perishables; and non-food products, such as fuel centers, pharmacies, health and beauty care products, and general merchandise, as well as private label items. The company also provides home meal replacement items, delicatessens, bakeries, floral departments, and greeting cards, as well as organic, beverage, and health-related items. As of September 30, 2018, it operated 190 supermarkets under the Ingles name; and 10 supermarkets under the Sav-Mor name in western North Carolina, western South Carolina, northern Georgia, eastern Tennessee, southwestern Virginia, and northeastern Alabama, as well as 108 pharmacies and 102 fuel stations. In addition, it is involved in the fluid dairy operation and shopping center rental businesses. Ingles Markets, Incorporated was founded in 1963 and is headquartered in Black Mountain, North Carolina.

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