Weis Markets (NYSE: WMK) and Boulder Brands (NASDAQ:SMBL) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, risk and dividends.

Dividends

Weis Markets pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.1%. Boulder Brands does not pay a dividend. Weis Markets pays out 39.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Weis Markets and Boulder Brands’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Weis Markets $3.40 billion 0.31 $173.90 million $3.05 12.81
Boulder Brands N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Weis Markets has higher revenue and earnings than Boulder Brands.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

31.3% of Weis Markets shares are held by institutional investors. 26.9% of Weis Markets shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Weis Markets and Boulder Brands, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Weis Markets 0 0 0 0 N/A
Boulder Brands 0 0 0 0 N/A

Profitability

This table compares Weis Markets and Boulder Brands’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Weis Markets 2.42% 8.89% 5.94%
Boulder Brands 0.61% 0.59% 0.50%

Summary

Weis Markets beats Boulder Brands on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Weis Markets Company Profile

Weis Markets, Inc. is engaged principally in the retail sale of food in Pennsylvania and surrounding states. The Company’s retail food stores sell groceries, dairy products, frozen foods, meats, seafood, fresh produce, floral, pharmacy services, deli products, prepared foods, bakery products, beer and wine, fuel and general merchandise items, such as health and beauty care and household products. As of December 31, 2016, it had owned and operated approximately 204 retail food stores. The majority of the Company’s stores are concentrated in central and northeast Pennsylvania, central Maryland, suburban Washington, District of Columbia and Baltimore regions and New York’s Southern Tier. As of December 31, 2016, it had operated four stores in Delaware, 50 stores in Maryland, five stores in New Jersey, nine stores in New York, 121 stores in Pennsylvania, 13 stores in Virginia and two stores in West Virginia, for a total of 204 retail food stores operating under the Weis Markets name.

Boulder Brands Company Profile

Boulder Brands, Inc. is a natural consumer packaged food company. The Company’s health and wellness platform consists of brands that target specific health trends: the Glutino Food Group and Udi’s Healthy Foods, LLC’s Gluten Free brands for gluten free diets; the Earth Balance brand for plant-based diets; the Level Life brand for diabetic diets; EVOL Food branded foods for consumers seeking convenient foods made with pure and simple ingredients, and the Smart Balance brand for heart healthier diets. The Company distributes its products in all retail channels, including natural, grocery, club and mass merchandise. The Company also has a presence in the foodservice and industrial channels. The Company operates in two segments: Natural and Balance. The Natural segment consists of Udi’s, Glutino and EVOL branded products. The Balance segment consists of Smart Balance, Earth Balance and Level Life branded products.

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