Kroger Company (The) (NYSE: KR) is one of 23 publicly-traded companies in the “Food Retail & Distribution” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Kroger Company (The) to similar companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, dividends and profitability.

Volatility and Risk

Kroger Company (The) has a beta of 0.79, suggesting that its share price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Kroger Company (The)’s rivals have a beta of 0.93, suggesting that their average share price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Kroger Company (The) and its rivals revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Kroger Company (The) $118.05 billion $5.38 billion 12.89
Kroger Company (The) Competitors $21.37 billion $977.24 million 37.71

Kroger Company (The) has higher revenue and earnings than its rivals. Kroger Company (The) is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Dividends

Kroger Company (The) pays an annual dividend of $0.50 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. Kroger Company (The) pays out 30.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Food Retail & Distribution” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.6% and pay out 150.4% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Kroger Company (The) has increased its dividend for 8 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Kroger Company (The) and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Kroger Company (The) 1.32% 28.04% 4.94%
Kroger Company (The) Competitors 0.82% 32.88% 4.20%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

74.6% of Kroger Company (The) shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 56.1% of shares of all “Food Retail & Distribution” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.9% of Kroger Company (The) shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 17.7% of shares of all “Food Retail & Distribution” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Kroger Company (The) and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Kroger Company (The) 1 15 8 0 2.29
Kroger Company (The) Competitors 702 1424 1407 22 2.21

Kroger Company (The) currently has a consensus price target of $28.86, indicating a potential upside of 35.70%. As a group, “Food Retail & Distribution” companies have a potential upside of 4.34%. Given Kroger Company (The)’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Kroger Company (The) is more favorable than its rivals.

Summary

Kroger Company (The) beats its rivals on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About Kroger Company (The)

The Kroger Co. (Kroger) manufactures and processes food for sale in its supermarkets. The Company operates supermarkets, multi-department stores, jewelry stores and convenience stores throughout the United States. As of January 28, 2017, it had operated approximately 4,000 owned or leased supermarkets, convenience stores, fine jewelry stores, distribution warehouses and food production plants through divisions, subsidiaries or affiliates. These facilities are located throughout the United States. As of January 28, 2017, Kroger operated, either directly or through its subsidiaries, 2,796 supermarkets under a range of local banner names, of which 2,255 had pharmacies and 1,445 had fuel centers. As of January 28, 2017, the Company offered ClickList and Harris Teeter ExpressLane, personalized, order online, pick up at the store services at 637 of its supermarkets. P$$T, Check This Out and Heritage Farm are the three brands. Its other brands include Simple Truth and Simple Truth Organic.

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