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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Delhaize Group SA and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Delhaize Group SA 0 0 0 0 N/A
Delhaize Group SA Competitors 706 1434 1419 22 2.21

As a group, “Food Retail & Distribution” companies have a potential upside of 4.88%. Given Delhaize Group SA’s peers higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Delhaize Group SA has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Profitability

This table compares Delhaize Group SA and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Delhaize Group SA 1.77% 7.11% 3.43%
Delhaize Group SA Competitors 0.82% 32.88% 4.20%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Delhaize Group SA and its peers revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Delhaize Group SA N/A N/A 23.62
Delhaize Group SA Competitors $21.39 billion $989.23 million 38.25

Delhaize Group SA’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Delhaize Group SA. Delhaize Group SA 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.

Risk and Volatility

Delhaize Group SA has a beta of 0.98, indicating that its share price is 2% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Delhaize Group SA’s peers have a beta of 0.93, indicating that their average share price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Delhaize Group SA pays an annual dividend of $0.35 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Delhaize Group SA pays out 29.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Food Retail & Distribution” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.5% and pay out 143.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

56.2% of shares of all “Food Retail & Distribution” companies are held by institutional investors. 17.7% of shares of all “Food Retail & Distribution” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Delhaize Group SA peers beat Delhaize Group SA on 7 of the 10 factors compared.

About Delhaize Group SA

Delhaize le Lion de Leeuw BV (Belgium Branch), formerly Delhaize Group SA, is a Belgium-based food retailer. The Company operates through three segments: the United States, including Food Lion and Hannaford banners; Belgium, including Delhaize Le Lion and AD Delhaize banners, and Southeastern Europe (SEE), including Alfa Beta, Mega Image and Shop&Go banners. The Company is principally engaged in the operation of food supermarkets through Company-operated, affiliated and franchised stores. Affiliated stores are with its banners that are operated by independent third parties to whom the Company sells its products at wholesale prices. Its store network also includes other store formats, such as proximity, cash and carry, and specialty stores. The Company has stores located in the United States (Northeast, Southeast and Mid-Atlantic), Belgium, Luxembourg, Greece, Serbia, Romania and Indonesia. The Company operates over 3,510 stores.

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