Weis Markets (NYSE: WMK) and Smart & Final (NYSE:SFS) are both small-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations and dividends.
This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Weis Markets and Smart & Final, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Smart & Final||1||4||3||0||2.25|
Smart & Final has a consensus target price of $10.38, suggesting a potential upside of 93.20%. Given Smart & Final’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Smart & Final is more favorable than Weis Markets.
This table compares Weis Markets and Smart & Final’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Smart & Final||-3.04%||5.12%||1.38%|
Weis Markets pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.7%. Smart & Final does not pay a dividend.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
33.5% of Weis Markets shares are owned by institutional investors. 27.0% of Weis Markets shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 9.6% of Smart & Final shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
Risk & Volatility
Weis Markets has a beta of 0.56, indicating that its share price is 44% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Smart & Final has a beta of 1.18, indicating that its share price is 18% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Weis Markets and Smart & Final’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Weis Markets||$3.47 billion||0.35||$98.41 million||N/A||N/A|
|Smart & Final||$4.57 billion||0.09||-$138.91 million||$0.34||15.79|
Weis Markets has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Smart & Final.
Weis Markets beats Smart & Final on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.
Weis Markets Company Profile
Weis Markets, Inc. engages 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, and fuel; and general merchandise items, such as health and beauty care, and household products. It operates stores primarily under the Weis Markets trade name, as well as trademarks for its product lines and promotions, such as Weis, Weis 2 Go, Weis Wonder Chicken, Weis Great Meals Start Here, Weis Gas-n-Go, and Weis Nutri-Facts. As of March 13, 2018, the company operated 205 retail food stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, and West Virginia. Weis Markets, Inc. was founded in 1912 and is based in Sunbury, Pennsylvania.
Smart & Final Company Profile
Smart & Final Stores, Inc. operates as a food retailer in the United States. It operates in two segments, Smart & Final, and Cash & Carry Smart Foodservice. The company operates non-membership warehouse-style grocery stores under the Smart & Final banner in California, Arizona, and Nevada, as well as under the Cash & Carry Smart Foodservice banner in Washington, Oregon, Northern California, Idaho, Nevada, Montana, and Utah. Its stores offer fresh perishables and everyday grocery items, such as produce, meat and deli, dairy and cheese, grocery, and beverage products, as well as paper and packaging, and restaurant equipment and janitorial supplies. The company also provides various private label products under the First Street, Sun Harvest, Simply Value, La Romanella, Montecito, Iris, and Ambiance brands. It sells its products to household and business customers; restaurants; caterers; and various other foodservice businesses, such as food trucks and coffee houses through vendors and suppliers. As of December 31, 2017, it operated 323 stores, including 260 Smart & Final stores and 63 Cash & Carry Smart Foodservice stores. Smart & Final Stores, Inc. was founded in 1871 and is based in Commerce, California.
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