SuperValu (NYSE: SVU) is one of 23 publicly-traded companies in the “Food Retail & Distribution” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare SuperValu to similar companies based on the strength of its risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, valuation, profitability and institutional ownership.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

62.8% of shares of all “Food Retail & Distribution” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.7% of SuperValu shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 19.4% of shares of all “Food Retail & Distribution” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

SuperValu has a beta of 2.13, suggesting that its share price is 113% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SuperValu’s rivals have a beta of 0.93, suggesting that their average share price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares SuperValu and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SuperValu 4.46% 220.54% 2.55%
SuperValu Competitors 0.79% 32.77% 4.17%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for SuperValu and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SuperValu 0 4 2 0 2.33
SuperValu Competitors 645 1348 1396 23 2.23

SuperValu presently has a consensus target price of $33.60, indicating a potential upside of 78.63%. As a group, “Food Retail & Distribution” companies have a potential upside of 4.88%. Given SuperValu’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe SuperValu is more favorable than its rivals.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares SuperValu and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
SuperValu $12.72 billion $461.00 million 1.17
SuperValu Competitors $21.46 billion $1.01 billion 38.65

SuperValu’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than SuperValu. SuperValu is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

SuperValu rivals beat SuperValu on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

SuperValu Company Profile

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.

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