Ingles Markets, (NASDAQ: IMKTA) and IRSA Inversiones Y Representaciones (NYSE:IRS) are both small-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Ingles Markets, and IRSA Inversiones Y Representaciones, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ingles Markets, 0 0 0 0 N/A
IRSA Inversiones Y Representaciones 0 0 1 0 3.00

Profitability

This table compares Ingles Markets, and IRSA Inversiones Y Representaciones’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ingles Markets, 1.26% 10.08% 2.86%
IRSA Inversiones Y Representaciones 2.14% -1.23% -0.12%

Risk & Volatility

Ingles Markets, has a beta of 0.69, suggesting that its stock price is 31% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, IRSA Inversiones Y Representaciones has a beta of 2.04, suggesting that its stock price is 104% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

58.9% of Ingles Markets, shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 20.1% of IRSA Inversiones Y Representaciones shares are held by institutional investors. 30.3% of Ingles Markets, shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 25.1% of IRSA Inversiones Y Representaciones shares are held 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.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Ingles Markets, and IRSA Inversiones Y Representaciones’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ingles Markets, $3.88 billion 0.13 $227.63 million $2.40 10.52
IRSA Inversiones Y Representaciones $4.31 billion 0.33 $571.80 million $1.66 15.01

IRSA Inversiones Y Representaciones has higher revenue and earnings than Ingles Markets,. Ingles Markets, is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than IRSA Inversiones Y Representaciones, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Ingles Markets, pays an annual dividend of $0.66 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.6%. IRSA Inversiones Y Representaciones does not pay a dividend. Ingles Markets, pays out 27.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

IRSA Inversiones Y Representaciones beats Ingles Markets, on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About IRSA Inversiones Y Representaciones

IRSA Inversiones y Representaciones Sociedad Anonima is a holding company. The Company invests on its own behalf and through investee companies in companies operating in various sectors of the Israeli and global economy. The Company’s segments are Cellcom, which includes cellular telephone services, content and added value services, other services and revenues from the sale of end user equipment in the cellular field; Property and Buildings and projects in Las Vegas, which includes the rental of income-generating properties and residential buildings; Shufersal, which includes retail and the rental of income-generating properties; Adama, which includes the sale of agro products and non-agro products; Clal Insurance Enterprise Holdings, which operates through subsidiary companies in the fields of insurance, pensions and provident funds, in the field of financial services and in the holding of assets and real businesses, and Others.

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