Kroger Company (The) (NYSE: KR) is one of 23 public companies in the “Food Retail & Distribution” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Kroger Company (The) to related companies based off the strength of its institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings and risk.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Kroger Company (The) and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Kroger Company (The) $117.02 billion $5.51 billion 12.76
Kroger Company (The) Competitors $21.30 billion $992.13 million 37.13

Kroger Company (The) has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Kroger Company (The) is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently the more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Kroger Company (The) and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Kroger Company (The) 1 15 8 0 2.29
Kroger Company (The) Competitors 695 1409 1398 22 2.21

Kroger Company (The) currently has a consensus target price of $30.10, suggesting a potential upside of 42.90%. All “Food Retail & Distribution” companies have a potential upside of 0.99%. Given Kroger Company (The)’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Kroger Company (The) is more favorable than its peers.

Profitability

This table compares Kroger Company (The) and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Kroger Company (The) 1.35% 29.10% 5.29%
Kroger Company (The) Competitors 0.46% 32.13% 3.58%

Dividends

Kroger Company (The) pays an annual dividend of $0.50 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. Kroger Company (The) pays out 30.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Food Retail & Distribution” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.6% and pay out 150.4% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Kroger Company (The) has increased its dividend for 8 consecutive years.

Volatility and Risk

Kroger Company (The) has a beta of 0.79, suggesting that its stock price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Kroger Company (The)’s peers have a beta of 0.93, suggesting that their average stock price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

74.6% of Kroger Company (The) shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 56.0% of shares of all “Food Retail & Distribution” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.9% of Kroger Company (The) shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 17.7% of shares of all “Food Retail & Distribution” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Kroger Company (The) beats its peers on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About Kroger Company (The)

The Kroger Co. (Kroger) manufactures and processes food for sale in its supermarkets. The Company operates supermarkets, multi-department stores, jewelry stores and convenience stores throughout the United States. As of January 28, 2017, it had operated approximately 4,000 owned or leased supermarkets, convenience stores, fine jewelry stores, distribution warehouses and food production plants through divisions, subsidiaries or affiliates. These facilities are located throughout the United States. As of January 28, 2017, Kroger operated, either directly or through its subsidiaries, 2,796 supermarkets under a range of local banner names, of which 2,255 had pharmacies and 1,445 had fuel centers. As of January 28, 2017, the Company offered ClickList and Harris Teeter ExpressLane, personalized, order online, pick up at the store services at 637 of its supermarkets. P$$T, Check This Out and Heritage Farm are the three brands. Its other brands include Simple Truth and Simple Truth Organic.

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