WM MORRISON SUP/ADR (OTCMKTS:MRWSY) and G4S/ADR (OTCMKTS:GFSZY) are both mid-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability and institutional ownership.

Dividends

WM MORRISON SUP/ADR pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.9%. G4S/ADR pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.5%. WM MORRISON SUP/ADR pays out 128.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Volatility and Risk

WM MORRISON SUP/ADR has a beta of 0.63, meaning that its share price is 37% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, G4S/ADR has a beta of 1.18, meaning that its share price is 18% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for WM MORRISON SUP/ADR and G4S/ADR, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
WM MORRISON SUP/ADR 0 2 3 0 2.60
G4S/ADR 0 0 6 0 3.00

Institutional and Insider Ownership

0.2% of WM MORRISON SUP/ADR shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.1% of G4S/ADR shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares WM MORRISON SUP/ADR and G4S/ADR’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
WM MORRISON SUP/ADR N/A N/A N/A
G4S/ADR N/A N/A N/A

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares WM MORRISON SUP/ADR and G4S/ADR’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
WM MORRISON SUP/ADR $22.45 billion 0.35 $404.73 million $0.78 21.67
G4S/ADR $10.09 billion 0.49 $304.15 million N/A N/A

WM MORRISON SUP/ADR has higher revenue and earnings than G4S/ADR.

Summary

G4S/ADR beats WM MORRISON SUP/ADR on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

WM MORRISON SUP/ADR Company Profile

Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC operates retail super stores under the Morrisons brand name in the United Kingdom. The company is involved in in-store and online grocery retailing activities. It also manufactures and distributes fresh food, and morning goods and bread; prepares and supplies seafood; processes fresh meat; invests in, develops, and maintains properties; and offers insurance and leasing services, as well as holds pharmaceutical license. The company operates through 491 stores; and 334 petrol filling stations. Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC was founded in 1899 and is headquartered in Bradford, the United Kingdom.

G4S/ADR Company Profile

G4S plc, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the provision of security and related services in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Africa, the Asia Pacific, the Middle East, India, Latin America, Europe, and North America. The company offers integrated solutions, including analytics and intelligence, technology and software, consulting and risk management, monitoring and response, and manned and mobile security, as well as systems design, built, and integration services. It also provides electronic monitoring, secure health, forensic medical and police support, secure support, and custody, detention, and rehabilitation services. In addition, the company offers cash solutions, such as cash management software and systems, cash recycling, international secure logistics, ATM replenishment and engineering, cash processing, and cash in transit services. It serves government, financial institutions, private energy and utilities, and ports and airports, as well as transportation and logistics, leisure and tourism, corporate and industrial, and retail sectors. G4S plc was founded in 1901 and is based in London, the United Kingdom.

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