SpartanNash (NASDAQ: SPTN) and Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ:WFMI) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, valuation, dividends and earnings.


This table compares SpartanNash and Whole Foods Market’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SpartanNash 0.83% 10.00% 4.01%
Whole Foods Market 2.85% 13.51% 7.02%


SpartanNash pays an annual dividend of $0.66 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.7%. Whole Foods Market does not pay a dividend. SpartanNash pays out 37.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

88.2% of SpartanNash shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.0% of SpartanNash shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares SpartanNash and Whole Foods Market’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SpartanNash $7.93 billion 0.11 $228.44 million $1.74 14.06
Whole Foods Market N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

SpartanNash has higher revenue and earnings than Whole Foods Market.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for SpartanNash and Whole Foods Market, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SpartanNash 1 3 0 0 1.75
Whole Foods Market 0 0 0 0 N/A

SpartanNash presently has a consensus price target of $25.25, indicating a potential upside of 3.23%. Given SpartanNash’s higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe SpartanNash is more favorable than Whole Foods Market.


SpartanNash beats Whole Foods Market on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

SpartanNash Company Profile

SpartanNash Company is a multi-regional grocery distributor and grocery retailer. The Company’s core businesses include distributing grocery products to independent grocery retailers (independent retailers), select national retailers, its corporate owned retail stores, and the United States military commissaries. The Company operates through three segments: Food Distribution, Military and Retail. The Food Distribution segment provides a range of nationally branded and private brand grocery products and perishable food products to independent retailers, food service distributors and its corporate owned retail stores. The Military segment contracts with manufacturers to distribute a range of grocery products primarily to military commissaries and exchanges located in the United States, the District of Columbia, Europe, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Bahrain and Egypt. As of December 31, 2016, the Retail segment operated 157 corporate owned retail stores in the Midwest and Great Lakes regions.

Whole Foods Market Company Profile

Whole Foods Market, Inc. is engaged in the business of natural and organic foods supermarket. The Company operates approximately 456 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Its stores have an average size of approximately 39,000 square feet, and are supported by its distribution centers, bake house facilities, commissary kitchens, seafood-processing facilities, a produce procurement center, and a specialty coffee and tea procurement and roasting operation, among others. It offers over 30,000 organic stock keeping units (SKUs), covering various areas of its store, including produce, packaged goods, bulk, frozen, dairy, meat, bakery, prepared foods, coffee, tea, beer, wine, cheese, nutritional supplements, vitamins, body care, pet foods and household goods. The Company’s brands include 365 Everyday Value, Allegro Coffee, Whole Foods Market, Whole Paws, and Engine 2 Plant-Strong. It also offers approximately 400 temporary exclusives.

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