Casey’s General Stores (NASDAQ: CASY) and Winn-Dixie Stores (NASDAQ:WINN) are both non-cyclical consumer goods & services companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, valuation and profitability.

Dividends

Casey’s 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. Casey’s General Stores pays out 24.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Casey’s General Stores has raised its dividend for 14 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for Casey’s General Stores and Winn-Dixie Stores, as provided by MarketBeat.

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

Casey’s General Stores currently has a consensus target price of $115.29, suggesting a potential downside of 2.88%.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Casey’s General Stores 2.71% 19.32% 7.37%
Winn-Dixie Stores N/A N/A N/A

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Casey’s General Stores and Winn-Dixie Stores’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Casey’s General Stores $7.51 billion 0.60 $177.48 million $4.24 28.00
Winn-Dixie Stores N/A N/A N/A ($0.24) N/A

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

99.0% of Casey’s General Stores shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.3% of Casey’s General Stores shares are owned by company 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.

Summary

Casey’s General Stores beats Winn-Dixie Stores on 11 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Casey’s General Stores

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.

About Winn-Dixie Stores

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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