The Fresh Market (NASDAQ: TFM) and Caseys General Stores (NASDAQ:CASY) are both non-cyclical consumer goods & services companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, valuation, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares The Fresh Market and Caseys General Stores’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
The Fresh Market N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Caseys General Stores $6.76 billion 0.62 $507.32 million $4.24 25.97

Caseys General Stores has higher revenue and earnings than The Fresh Market.


Caseys General Stores pays an annual dividend of $1.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. The Fresh Market does not pay a dividend. Caseys General Stores pays out 24.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. The Fresh Market has increased its dividend for 14 consecutive years.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

99.8% of Caseys General Stores shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.3% of Caseys General Stores shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares The Fresh Market and Caseys General Stores’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
The Fresh Market 4.40% 24.25% 14.96%
Caseys General Stores 2.19% 13.99% 5.51%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for The Fresh Market and Caseys General Stores, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
The Fresh Market 0 0 0 0 N/A
Caseys General Stores 0 6 4 1 2.55

Caseys General Stores has a consensus price target of $115.29, suggesting a potential upside of 4.70%. Given Caseys General Stores’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Caseys General Stores is more favorable than The Fresh Market.


Caseys General Stores beats The Fresh Market on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About The Fresh Market

The Fresh Market, Inc. is a United States-based specialty grocery retailer. The Company focuses on perishable categories, which include meat, seafood, produce, deli, bakery, floral, sushi and prepared foods. Its non-perishable categories include traditional grocery, frozen and dairy products, as well as bulk, coffee and candy, and beer and wine. It is engaged in sale of items at its specialty food stores, which are located in over 30 states in the United States. It offers products, such as steaks, ground beef and whole roasts under meat department. The Company offers over 200 varieties of imported and domestic cheeses under deli department. It offers products in bulk format, such as nuts, dried fruits and snack mixes. Its floral offerings include roses, orchids and tulips. Its gift selection includes candles, and seasonal and holiday gift baskets. It offers everyday wines, wines from local vintners and its private-label wines. It offers beers from local, domestic and foreign brewers.

About Caseys General Stores

Casey’s General Stores, Inc. and its subsidiaries, operate convenience stores under the name Casey’s General Store in approximately 10 Midwestern states, in Iowa, Missouri, and Illinois. The Company also operates approximately two stores selling primarily tobacco products. The stores carry a range of food, including freshly prepared foods such as pizza, donuts, and sandwiches, beverages, tobacco products, health and beauty aids, automotive products and other nonfood items. The Company operates approximately 1,930 stores. It operates approximately two distribution centers, through which the Company supply grocery and general merchandise items to its stores. Its general store typically carries over 3,000 food and nonfood items. The Company’s stores sell regional brands of dairy and bakery products, and approximately 90% of the stores offer beer. Its non-food items include tobacco products, health and beauty aids, school supplies, housewares, pet supplies, and automotive products.

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