SuperValu (NYSE: SVU) and Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao (NYSE:CBD) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, institutional ownership, valuation and profitability.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

3.5% of Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.7% of SuperValu shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.0% of Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

SuperValu has a beta of 2.13, meaning that its stock price is 113% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao has a beta of 1.84, meaning that its stock price is 84% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares SuperValu and Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao’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%
Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao 0.27% 5.46% 1.65%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares SuperValu and Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SuperValu $12.72 billion 0.07 $461.00 million $16.03 1.35
Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao $13.52 billion 0.50 $772.66 million $0.14 182.07

Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao has higher revenue and earnings than SuperValu. SuperValu is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for SuperValu and Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SuperValu 0 4 2 0 2.33
Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao 0 3 1 0 2.25

SuperValu presently has a consensus target price of $33.60, indicating a potential upside of 54.84%. Given SuperValu’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe SuperValu is more favorable than Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao.


SuperValu beats Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao on 9 of the 14 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 Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao

Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao, directly or through its subsidiaries, is engaged in the retail of food, clothing, home appliances, electronics and other items through its chain of hypermarkets, supermarkets, specialized stores and department stores principally under the trade names Pao de Acucar, Minuto Pao de Acucar, Extra Hiper, Extra Super, Minimercado Extra, Assai an the neighborhood shopping mall brand Conviva. The Company’s segments include Retail, and Cash and carry segment. The Company’s Retail segment includes the banners Pao de Acucar, Minuto Pao de Acucar, Extra Hiper, Extra Supermercado, Minimercado Extra, Posto Extra, Drogaria Extra and GPA Malls & Properties. Its Cash & Carry segment includes the brand Assai. The Company is engaged in operations of retail stores located in approximately 20 states and the Federal District of Brazil.

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