Pantry (NASDAQ: PTRY) and Ingles Markets, (NASDAQ:IMKTA) are both non-cyclical consumer goods & services companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, profitabiliy and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Pantry and Ingles Markets,’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Pantry 1.13% 21.76% 4.39%
Ingles Markets, 1.26% 10.08% 2.86%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Pantry and Ingles Markets,, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Pantry 0 0 0 0 N/A
Ingles Markets, 0 0 0 0 N/A

Institutional and Insider Ownership

59.0% of Ingles Markets, shares are held by institutional investors. 30.3% of Ingles Markets, shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Pantry and Ingles Markets,’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Pantry N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Ingles Markets, $3.88 billion 0.15 $227.63 million $2.40 12.08

Ingles Markets, has higher revenue and earnings than Pantry.

Dividends

Ingles Markets, pays an annual dividend of $0.66 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. Pantry does not pay a dividend. Ingles Markets, pays out 27.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Ingles Markets, beats Pantry on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Pantry Company Profile

The Pantry, Inc. (Pantry) is an independently operated convenience store chain in the southeastern United States. As of June 26, 2014, Pantry operated 1,527 stores in 13 states under a range of banners, including Kangaroo Express, its primary operating banner. The Company stores offer a range of merchandise, fuel and ancillary products and services designed to appeal to the convenience needs of its customers, including fuel, car care products and services, tobacco products, beer, soft drinks, self-service fast food and beverages, publications, dairy products, groceries, health and beauty aids, money orders and other ancillary services. As of September 26, 2013, approximately 32% of its stores were located in coastal/resort areas, such as Jacksonville, Florida, Orlando, Florida/Disney World, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina, St. Augustine, Florida, Hilton Head, South Carolina and Gulfport/Biloxi, Mississippi.

Ingles Markets, Company Profile

Ingles Markets, Incorporated (Ingles) is a supermarket chain in the southeast United States. The Company’s segments include retail grocery and other. Its other segment consists of fluid dairy operations and shopping center rentals. As of September 24, 2016, the Company operated 201 supermarkets in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Alabama. The Company locates its supermarkets primarily in suburban areas, small towns and rural communities. Ingles supermarkets offer customers a range of food products, including grocery, meat and dairy products, produce, frozen foods and other perishables and non-food products. Its non-food products include fuel centers, pharmacies, health and beauty care products and general merchandise. The Company focuses on selling products to its customers through the development of organic products, bakery departments and prepared foods, including delicatessen sections.

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