SpartanNash (NASDAQ: SPTN) and Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. (NASDAQ:CRESY) are both small-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability and earnings.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares SpartanNash and Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A.’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SpartanNash $7.93 billion 0.11 $228.44 million $1.74 13.37
Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. $4.16 billion 0.24 $380.99 million N/A N/A

Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. has higher revenue, but lower earnings than SpartanNash.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for SpartanNash and Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A., as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SpartanNash 1 3 0 0 1.75
Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. 0 0 0 0 N/A

SpartanNash currently has a consensus target price of $25.25, suggesting a potential upside of 8.56%. Given SpartanNash’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe SpartanNash is more favorable than Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A..

Insider & Institutional Ownership

88.2% of SpartanNash shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 24.9% of Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.0% of SpartanNash shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 36.2% of Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

SpartanNash has a beta of 1.06, suggesting that its share price is 6% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. has a beta of 1.55, suggesting that its share price is 55% more volatile than the S&P 500.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SpartanNash 0.83% 10.00% 4.01%
Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. 0.90% -4.41% -0.47%


SpartanNash pays an annual dividend of $0.66 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.8%. Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. does not pay a dividend. SpartanNash pays out 37.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

SpartanNash Company Profile

SpartanNash Company is a multi-regional grocery distributor and grocery retailer. The Company’s core businesses include distributing grocery products to independent grocery retailers (independent retailers), select national retailers, its corporate owned retail stores, and the United States military commissaries. The Company operates through three segments: Food Distribution, Military and Retail. The Food Distribution segment provides a range of nationally branded and private brand grocery products and perishable food products to independent retailers, food service distributors and its corporate owned retail stores. The Military segment contracts with manufacturers to distribute a range of grocery products primarily to military commissaries and exchanges located in the United States, the District of Columbia, Europe, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Bahrain and Egypt. As of December 31, 2016, the Retail segment operated 157 corporate owned retail stores in the Midwest and Great Lakes regions.

Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. Company Profile

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.

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