US Foods (NYSE: USFD) is one of 22 public companies in the “Food Retail & Distribution” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare US Foods to related businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, risk, dividends, profitability and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares US Foods and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
US Foods 1.11% 12.64% 3.61%
US Foods Competitors 0.77% 7.07% 4.12%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

96.9% of US Foods shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.3% of shares of all “Food Retail & Distribution” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.6% of US Foods shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 12.8% of shares of all “Food Retail & Distribution” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for US Foods and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
US Foods 0 3 7 0 2.70
US Foods Competitors 646 1346 1401 22 2.23

US Foods presently has a consensus price target of $31.67, suggesting a potential upside of 8.04%. As a group, “Food Retail & Distribution” companies have a potential upside of 4.53%. Given US Foods’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe US Foods is more favorable than its peers.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares US Foods and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
US Foods $22.92 billion $209.79 million 25.05
US Foods Competitors $21.17 billion $332.40 million 565.80

US Foods has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its peers. US Foods is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

US Foods beats its peers on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

US Foods Company Profile

US Foods Holding Corp. is a holding company. The Company is a foodservice distributor in the United States. The Company, through US Foods, Inc. (USF), markets and primarily distributes fresh, frozen and dry food and non-food products to foodservice customers throughout the United States. These customers include independently owned single and multi-unit restaurants, regional concepts, national restaurant chains, hospitals, nursing homes, hotels and motels, country clubs, government and military organizations, colleges and universities, and retail locations. As of December 31, 2016, the Company provided approximately 400,000 fresh, frozen, and dry food stock-keeping units (SKUs), as well as non-food items, sourced from over 5,000 suppliers. As of January 31, 2017, it maintained 75 primary operating facilities, consisting of its 60 distribution centers and other supporting facilities.

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