Caseys General Stores (NASDAQ: CASY) and Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. (NASDAQ:CRESY) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations and risk.

Dividends

Caseys General Stores pays an annual dividend of $1.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. does not pay a dividend. Caseys General Stores pays out 23.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Caseys General Stores has raised its dividend for 14 consecutive years.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Caseys General Stores and Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A.’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Caseys General Stores $6.64 billion 0.62 $509.54 million $4.48 23.78
Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. $4.10 billion 0.22 $376.10 million N/A N/A

Caseys General Stores has higher revenue and earnings than Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A..

Profitability

This table compares Caseys General Stores 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
Caseys General Stores 2.36% 14.93% 6.00%
Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. 0.90% -4.41% -0.47%

Volatility & Risk

Caseys General Stores has a beta of 0.48, suggesting that its share price is 52% 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.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

96.2% of Caseys General Stores shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 24.3% of Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.3% of Caseys General Stores shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 36.2% of Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Caseys General Stores and Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A., as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Caseys General Stores 0 6 4 1 2.55
Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. 0 0 0 0 N/A

Caseys General Stores presently has a consensus target price of $116.29, indicating a potential upside of 9.16%. Given Caseys General Stores’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Caseys General Stores is more favorable than Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A..

Summary

Caseys General Stores beats Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. on 12 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Caseys General Stores Company Profile

Casey’s General Stores, Inc. and its subsidiaries, operate convenience stores under the name Casey’s General Store in approximately 10 Midwestern states, in Iowa, Missouri, and Illinois. The Company also operates approximately two stores selling primarily tobacco products. The stores carry a range of food, including freshly prepared foods such as pizza, donuts, and sandwiches, beverages, tobacco products, health and beauty aids, automotive products and other nonfood items. The Company operates approximately 1,930 stores. It operates approximately two distribution centers, through which the Company supply grocery and general merchandise items to its stores. Its general store typically carries over 3,000 food and nonfood items. The Company’s stores sell regional brands of dairy and bakery products, and approximately 90% of the stores offer beer. Its non-food items include tobacco products, health and beauty aids, school supplies, housewares, pet supplies, and automotive products.

Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. Company Profile

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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