GNC Holdings (NYSE: GNC) 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 GNC Holdings to related businesses based on the strength of its earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, institutional ownership, valuation and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for GNC Holdings and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
GNC Holdings 5 2 0 0 1.29
GNC Holdings Competitors 705 1430 1413 22 2.21

GNC Holdings currently has a consensus price target of $8.08, indicating a potential downside of 12.61%. As a group, “Food Retail & Distribution” companies have a potential upside of 4.78%. Given GNC Holdings’ rivals stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe GNC Holdings has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares GNC Holdings and its rivals revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
GNC Holdings $2.48 billion $278.86 million -1.75
GNC Holdings Competitors $21.37 billion $977.08 million 38.91

GNC Holdings’ rivals have higher revenue and earnings than GNC Holdings. GNC Holdings 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.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

65.5% of GNC Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 56.1% of shares of all “Food Retail & Distribution” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.9% of GNC Holdings shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 17.7% of shares of all “Food Retail & Distribution” companies are held 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.

Dividends

GNC Holdings pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. GNC Holdings pays out -3.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Food Retail & Distribution” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.5% and pay out 143.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. GNC Holdings has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Volatility & Risk

GNC Holdings has a beta of 0.88, indicating that its stock price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, GNC Holdings’ rivals have a beta of 0.93, indicating that their average stock price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares GNC Holdings and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
GNC Holdings -14.56% 285.93% 4.49%
GNC Holdings Competitors 0.82% 32.88% 4.20%

Summary

GNC Holdings rivals beat GNC Holdings on 10 of the 14 factors compared.

About GNC Holdings

GNC Holdings, Inc. is a specialty retailer of health, wellness and performance products, which include protein, performance supplements, weight management supplements, vitamins, herbs and greens, wellness supplements, health and beauty, food and drink and other general merchandise. The Company’s operations consist of purchasing raw materials, formulating and manufacturing products and selling the finished products. It operates in three segments: U.S. and Canada, International and Manufacturing/Wholesale. Its U.S. and Canada segment generates revenues primarily from sales of products to customers at its Company-owned stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, through its Websites, GNC.com and LuckyVitamin.com. Its International segment generates revenue primarily to its international franchisees. Its Manufacturing/Wholesale segment comprises its manufacturing operations in South Carolina and its wholesale partner relationships.

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