Performance Food Group (NYSE: PFGC) and Delhaize Group SA (NYSE:DEG) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, dividends, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

78.7% of Performance Food Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.7% of Performance Food Group shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Performance Food Group and Delhaize Group SA’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Performance Food Group 0.57% 14.73% 3.48%
Delhaize Group SA 1.77% 7.11% 3.43%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Performance Food Group and Delhaize Group SA, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Performance Food Group 0 6 5 0 2.45
Delhaize Group SA 0 0 0 0 N/A

Performance Food Group currently has a consensus target price of $29.00, suggesting a potential upside of 4.13%. Given Performance Food Group’s higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Performance Food Group is more favorable than Delhaize Group SA.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Performance Food Group and Delhaize Group SA’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Performance Food Group $16.76 billion 0.17 $342.30 million $0.93 29.95
Delhaize Group SA N/A N/A N/A $1.19 23.62

Performance Food Group has higher revenue and earnings than Delhaize Group SA. Delhaize Group SA is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Performance Food Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Delhaize Group SA pays an annual dividend of $0.35 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Performance Food Group does not pay a dividend. Delhaize Group SA pays out 29.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Risk and Volatility

Performance Food Group has a beta of -0.27, suggesting that its share price is 127% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Delhaize Group SA has a beta of 0.98, suggesting that its share price is 2% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Performance Food Group beats Delhaize Group SA on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Performance Food Group Company Profile

Performance Food Group Company, through its subsidiaries, markets and distributes food and food-related products. The Company operates through three segments: Performance Foodservice, PFG Customized and Vistar. The Performance Foodservice segment distributes a range of national brands, customer brands, and branded food and food-related products. It sells to independent or street, and multi-unit or chain, restaurants and other institutions. Its PFG Customized segment provides service to family and casual dining restaurant chains, and fast casual and quick service restaurant chains. Its Vistar segment specializes in distributing candy, snacks, beverages and other items nationally to the vending, office coffee service, theater, hospitality and other channels. Its products include a range of frozen foods, such as meats, fully prepared appetizers and entrees, and desserts; a range of canned and dry foods; fresh meats; dairy products; beverage products, and snack and other products.

Delhaize Group SA Company Profile

Delhaize le Lion de Leeuw BV (Belgium Branch), formerly Delhaize Group SA, is a Belgium-based food retailer. The Company operates through three segments: the United States, including Food Lion and Hannaford banners; Belgium, including Delhaize Le Lion and AD Delhaize banners, and Southeastern Europe (SEE), including Alfa Beta, Mega Image and Shop&Go banners. The Company is principally engaged in the operation of food supermarkets through Company-operated, affiliated and franchised stores. Affiliated stores are with its banners that are operated by independent third parties to whom the Company sells its products at wholesale prices. Its store network also includes other store formats, such as proximity, cash and carry, and specialty stores. The Company has stores located in the United States (Northeast, Southeast and Mid-Atlantic), Belgium, Luxembourg, Greece, Serbia, Romania and Indonesia. The Company operates over 3,510 stores.

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