Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. (NASDAQ: CRESY) and Ingles Markets, (NASDAQ:IMKTA) are both small-cap consumer staples companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation and institutional ownership.

Dividends

Ingles Markets, pays an annual dividend of $0.66 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.5%. Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. does not pay a dividend. Ingles Markets, pays out 27.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Risk and Volatility

Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. has a beta of 1.54, suggesting that its share price is 54% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ingles Markets, has a beta of 0.6, suggesting that its share price is 40% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. and Ingles Markets,’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Ingles Markets, $3.88 billion 0.10 $227.63 million $2.40 11.06

Ingles Markets, has higher revenue and earnings than Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A..

Institutional & Insider Ownership

25.7% of Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.7% of Ingles Markets, shares are held by institutional investors. 36.2% of Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 30.3% of Ingles Markets, shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. and Ingles Markets,’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. 0.90% -4.41% -0.47%
Ingles Markets, 1.26% 10.08% 2.86%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. and Ingles Markets,, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. 0 0 0 0 N/A
Ingles Markets, 0 0 0 0 N/A

Summary

Ingles Markets, beats Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A.

Cresud Sociedad Anonima Comercial, Inmobiliaria, Financiera y Agropecuaria is an agricultural company engaged in the production of basic agricultural commodities with presence in the agricultural sector of Brazil, through its investment in Brasilagro, as well as in other Latin American countries. In addition, the Company leases lands to third parties and perform agency and agro-industrial services, including a meat packing plant. It operates in two businesses areas, namely, Agricultural and Investment and Development Properties. Its Agricultural business comprises eight segments: Crops, Cattle, Dairy, Sugarcane, Agricultural Rentals and Services, Land Transformation and Sales, Agro-industrial and Others. The Company’s Investment and Development Properties comprises six segments: Shopping Center Properties, Offices, Sales and Developments, Hotels, International, and Financial Operations and Others. The Company’s main crops include soybean, wheat, corn and sunflower.

About Ingles Markets,

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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