Ingles Markets, (NASDAQ: IMKTA) and The Fresh Market (NASDAQ:TFM) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, profitability and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares Ingles Markets, and The Fresh Market’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ingles Markets, 1.26% 10.08% 2.86%
The Fresh Market 4.40% 24.25% 14.96%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Ingles Markets, and The Fresh Market’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ingles Markets, $3.88 billion 0.14 $227.63 million $2.40 11.27
The Fresh Market N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Ingles Markets, has higher revenue and earnings than The Fresh Market.

Dividends

Ingles Markets, pays an annual dividend of $0.66 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. The Fresh Market does not pay a dividend. Ingles Markets, pays out 27.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

59.0% of Ingles Markets, shares are held by institutional investors. 30.3% of Ingles Markets, shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Ingles Markets, and The Fresh Market, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ingles Markets, 0 0 0 0 N/A
The Fresh Market 0 0 0 0 N/A

About Ingles Markets,

Ingles Markets, Incorporated (Ingles) is a supermarket chain in the southeast United States. The Company’s segments include retail grocery and other. Its other segment consists of fluid dairy operations and shopping center rentals. As of September 24, 2016, the Company operated 201 supermarkets in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Alabama. The Company locates its supermarkets primarily in suburban areas, small towns and rural communities. Ingles supermarkets offer customers a range of food products, including grocery, meat and dairy products, produce, frozen foods and other perishables and non-food products. Its non-food products include fuel centers, pharmacies, health and beauty care products and general merchandise. The Company focuses on selling products to its customers through the development of organic products, bakery departments and prepared foods, including delicatessen sections.

About The Fresh Market

The Fresh Market, Inc. is a United States-based specialty grocery retailer. The Company focuses on perishable categories, which include meat, seafood, produce, deli, bakery, floral, sushi and prepared foods. Its non-perishable categories include traditional grocery, frozen and dairy products, as well as bulk, coffee and candy, and beer and wine. It is engaged in sale of items at its specialty food stores, which are located in over 30 states in the United States. It offers products, such as steaks, ground beef and whole roasts under meat department. The Company offers over 200 varieties of imported and domestic cheeses under deli department. It offers products in bulk format, such as nuts, dried fruits and snack mixes. Its floral offerings include roses, orchids and tulips. Its gift selection includes candles, and seasonal and holiday gift baskets. It offers everyday wines, wines from local vintners and its private-label wines. It offers beers from local, domestic and foreign brewers.

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