IRSA Inversiones Y Representaciones (NYSE: IRS) and Winn-Dixie Stores (NASDAQ:WINN) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, risk and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for IRSA Inversiones Y Representaciones and Winn-Dixie Stores, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
IRSA Inversiones Y Representaciones 0 0 1 0 3.00
Winn-Dixie Stores 0 0 0 0 N/A

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares IRSA Inversiones Y Representaciones and Winn-Dixie Stores’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
IRSA Inversiones Y Representaciones $4.81 billion 0.33 $196.04 million $1.66 16.75
Winn-Dixie Stores N/A N/A N/A ($0.24) N/A

IRSA Inversiones Y Representaciones has higher revenue and earnings than Winn-Dixie Stores. Winn-Dixie Stores is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than IRSA Inversiones Y Representaciones, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

20.1% of IRSA Inversiones Y Representaciones shares are owned by institutional investors. 25.1% of IRSA Inversiones Y Representaciones shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares IRSA Inversiones Y Representaciones and Winn-Dixie Stores’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
IRSA Inversiones Y Representaciones 4.09% 10.76% 1.46%
Winn-Dixie Stores N/A N/A N/A

Summary

IRSA Inversiones Y Representaciones beats Winn-Dixie Stores on 8 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About IRSA Inversiones Y Representaciones

IRSA Inversiones y Representaciones Sociedad Anonima is a holding company. The Company invests on its own behalf and through investee companies in companies operating in various sectors of the Israeli and global economy. The Company’s segments are Cellcom, which includes cellular telephone services, content and added value services, other services and revenues from the sale of end user equipment in the cellular field; Property and Buildings and projects in Las Vegas, which includes the rental of income-generating properties and residential buildings; Shufersal, which includes retail and the rental of income-generating properties; Adama, which includes the sale of agro products and non-agro products; Clal Insurance Enterprise Holdings, which operates through subsidiary companies in the fields of insurance, pensions and provident funds, in the field of financial services and in the holding of assets and real businesses, and Others.

About Winn-Dixie Stores

Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. operates as a food retailer in five states in the southeastern United States. The Company operated 484 retail stores, with four fuel centers and 75 liquor stores. In support of its stores, the Company operated six distribution centers. All of the Company’s stores offer grocery, dairy, frozen food, meat, seafood, produce, deli, bakery, floral, health and beauty, and other general merchandise items. Certain stores offer pharmacies, distilled spirits and fuel. The Company offers national brands, as well as many of its own private-label products. These products are delivered from its distribution centers or directly to stores from manufacturers and wholesalers. During the fiscal year ended June 29, 2011 (fiscal 2011), the Company closed 30 non-remodeled, underperforming stores.

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