SuperValu (NYSE: SVU) and US Foods Holding Corp (NASDAQ:USFD) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, risk, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, profitabiliy and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares SuperValu and US Foods Holding Corp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SuperValu 4.46% 220.54% 2.55%
US Foods Holding Corp 0.46% 4.21% 1.19%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

80.5% of SuperValu shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.7% of SuperValu shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares SuperValu and US Foods Holding Corp’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SuperValu N/A N/A N/A $16.03 1.45
US Foods Holding Corp $23.11 billion 0.27 $866.55 million N/A N/A

US Foods Holding Corp has higher revenue and earnings than SuperValu.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for SuperValu and US Foods Holding Corp, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SuperValu 0 4 2 0 2.33
US Foods Holding Corp 0 3 6 0 2.67

SuperValu presently has a consensus price target of $32.90, indicating a potential upside of 41.51%. US Foods Holding Corp has a consensus price target of $30.88, indicating a potential upside of 7.92%. Given SuperValu’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe SuperValu is more favorable than US Foods Holding Corp.

Summary

SuperValu beats US Foods Holding Corp on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About SuperValu

Supervalu Inc. is a wholesale distributor to independent retail customers across the United States. The Company’s segments include Wholesale and Retail. The Company offers a range of advertised brand name and private-label products, including grocery (both perishable and nonperishable), general merchandise and home, health and beauty care, and pharmacy, which are sold through Company-operated and licensed Retail stores to shoppers and through its Wholesale segment to independent retail customers. The Company’s Wholesale segment provides wholesale distribution of products to independent retail customers. Wholesale is organized and operated through two geographic regions: East and West. As of February 27, 2016, the Company conducted its Retail operations through a total of 200 stores primarily organized under five regionally-based retail banners of Cub Foods, Shoppers Food & Pharmacy, Shop ‘n Save, Farm Fresh and Hornbacher’s, as well as two Rainbow and two County Market stores.

About US Foods Holding Corp

US Foods Holding Corp. is a holding company. The Company is a foodservice distributor in the United States. The Company, through US Foods, Inc. (USF), markets and primarily distributes fresh, frozen and dry food and non-food products to foodservice customers throughout the United States. These customers include independently owned single and multi-unit restaurants, regional concepts, national restaurant chains, hospitals, nursing homes, hotels and motels, country clubs, government and military organizations, colleges and universities, and retail locations. As of December 31, 2016, the Company provided approximately 400,000 fresh, frozen, and dry food stock-keeping units (SKUs), as well as non-food items, sourced from over 5,000 suppliers. As of January 31, 2017, it maintained 75 primary operating facilities, consisting of its 60 distribution centers and other supporting facilities.

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