Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM) and Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. (NASDAQ:CRESY) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, profitabiliy, valuation, dividends, earnings, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Whole Foods Market and Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Whole Foods Market 2.44% 13.26% 6.84%
Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. 0.90% -4.41% -0.47%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Whole Foods Market and Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A., as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Whole Foods Market 3 17 3 0 2.00
Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. 0 0 0 0 N/A

Whole Foods Market presently has a consensus target price of $37.39, suggesting a potential downside of 10.57%. Given Whole Foods Market’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Whole Foods Market is more favorable than Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A..

Dividends

Whole Foods Market pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. does not pay a dividend. Whole Foods Market pays out 59.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Risk & Volatility

Whole Foods Market has a beta of 0.82, suggesting that its share price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. has a beta of 1.54, suggesting that its share price is 54% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

88.2% of Whole Foods Market shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 24.3% of Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. shares are held by institutional investors. 1.3% of Whole Foods Market shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 36.2% of Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Whole Foods Market and Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A.’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Whole Foods Market $15.88 billion 0.84 $1.30 billion $1.22 34.27
Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. $4.19 billion N/A $384.17 million N/A N/A

Whole Foods Market has higher revenue and earnings than Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A..

Summary

Whole Foods Market beats Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Whole Foods Market

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.

About Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A.

Cresud Sociedad Anonima Comercial, Inmobiliaria, Financiera y Agropecuaria is an agricultural company engaged in the production of basic agricultural commodities with presence in the agricultural sector of Brazil, through its investment in Brasilagro, as well as in other Latin American countries. In addition, the Company leases lands to third parties and perform agency and agro-industrial services, including a meat packing plant. It operates in two businesses areas, namely, Agricultural and Investment and Development Properties. Its Agricultural business comprises eight segments: Crops, Cattle, Dairy, Sugarcane, Agricultural Rentals and Services, Land Transformation and Sales, Agro-industrial and Others. The Company’s Investment and Development Properties comprises six segments: Shopping Center Properties, Offices, Sales and Developments, Hotels, International, and Financial Operations and Others. The Company’s main crops include soybean, wheat, corn and sunflower.

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