Caseys General Stores (NASDAQ: CASY) and Winn-Dixie Stores (NASDAQ:WINN) are both supermarkets & convenience stores companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, risk, earnings, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Caseys General Stores and Winn-Dixie Stores’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Caseys General Stores 2.19% 13.99% 5.51%
Winn-Dixie Stores N/A N/A N/A

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Caseys General Stores and Winn-Dixie Stores’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Caseys General Stores $7.51 billion 0.59 $177.48 million $4.24 27.35
Winn-Dixie Stores N/A N/A N/A ($0.24) N/A

Caseys General Stores has higher revenue and earnings than Winn-Dixie Stores. Winn-Dixie Stores is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Caseys General Stores, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Caseys General Stores and Winn-Dixie Stores, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Caseys General Stores 0 6 4 1 2.55
Winn-Dixie Stores 0 0 0 0 N/A

Caseys General Stores presently has a consensus target price of $115.29, suggesting a potential downside of 0.60%.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

98.6% of Caseys General Stores shares are held by institutional investors. 1.3% of Caseys General Stores shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Caseys General Stores pays an annual dividend of $1.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Winn-Dixie Stores does not pay a dividend. Caseys General Stores pays out 24.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Winn-Dixie Stores has raised its dividend for 14 consecutive years.

Summary

Caseys General Stores beats Winn-Dixie Stores on 10 of the 12 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.

Winn-Dixie Stores Company Profile

Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. operates as a food retailer in five states in the southeastern United States. The Company operated 484 retail stores, with four fuel centers and 75 liquor stores. In support of its stores, the Company operated six distribution centers. All of the Company’s stores offer grocery, dairy, frozen food, meat, seafood, produce, deli, bakery, floral, health and beauty, and other general merchandise items. Certain stores offer pharmacies, distilled spirits and fuel. The Company offers national brands, as well as many of its own private-label products. These products are delivered from its distribution centers or directly to stores from manufacturers and wholesalers. During the fiscal year ended June 29, 2011 (fiscal 2011), the Company closed 30 non-remodeled, underperforming stores.

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