Ingles Markets, (NASDAQ: IMKTA) and Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ:WFMI) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, earnings, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ingles Markets, 1.26% 10.08% 2.86%
Whole Foods Market 2.85% 13.51% 7.02%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Ingles Markets, and Whole Foods Market, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ingles Markets, 0 0 0 0 N/A
Whole Foods Market 0 0 0 0 N/A

Dividends

Ingles Markets, pays an annual dividend of $0.66 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.0%. Whole Foods Market does not pay a dividend. Ingles Markets, pays out 27.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

58.9% of Ingles Markets, shares are held by institutional investors. 30.3% of Ingles Markets, shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Ingles Markets, and Whole Foods Market’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ingles Markets, $3.88 billion 0.12 $227.63 million $2.40 9.23
Whole Foods Market N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Ingles Markets, has higher revenue and earnings than Whole Foods Market.

About Ingles Markets,

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.

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.

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