Delhaize Group SA (NYSE: DEG) 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 Delhaize Group SA to similar businesses based on the strength of its valuation, dividends, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and earnings.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

62.7% of shares of all “Food Retail & Distribution” companies are held by institutional investors. 19.2% of shares of all “Food Retail & Distribution” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Delhaize Group SA and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Delhaize Group SA N/A N/A 23.62
Delhaize Group SA Competitors $21.39 billion $989.23 million 38.14

Delhaize Group SA’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Delhaize Group SA. Delhaize Group SA 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

Delhaize Group SA pays an annual dividend of $0.35 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Delhaize Group SA pays out 29.4% 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.

Risk & Volatility

Delhaize Group SA has a beta of 0.98, indicating that its share price is 2% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Delhaize Group SA’s rivals have a beta of 0.93, indicating that their average share price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Delhaize Group SA and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Delhaize Group SA 0 0 0 0 N/A
Delhaize Group SA Competitors 707 1435 1422 22 2.21

As a group, “Food Retail & Distribution” companies have a potential upside of 3.45%. Given Delhaize Group SA’s rivals higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Delhaize Group SA has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Profitability

This table compares Delhaize Group SA and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Delhaize Group SA 1.77% 7.11% 3.43%
Delhaize Group SA Competitors 0.82% 32.88% 4.20%

Summary

Delhaize Group SA rivals beat Delhaize Group SA on 7 of the 10 factors compared.

About Delhaize Group SA

Delhaize le Lion de Leeuw BV (Belgium Branch), formerly Delhaize Group SA, is a Belgium-based food retailer. The Company operates through three segments: the United States, including Food Lion and Hannaford banners; Belgium, including Delhaize Le Lion and AD Delhaize banners, and Southeastern Europe (SEE), including Alfa Beta, Mega Image and Shop&Go banners. The Company is principally engaged in the operation of food supermarkets through Company-operated, affiliated and franchised stores. Affiliated stores are with its banners that are operated by independent third parties to whom the Company sells its products at wholesale prices. Its store network also includes other store formats, such as proximity, cash and carry, and specialty stores. The Company has stores located in the United States (Northeast, Southeast and Mid-Atlantic), Belgium, Luxembourg, Greece, Serbia, Romania and Indonesia. The Company operates over 3,510 stores.

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