Safeway (NYSE: SWY) is one of 22 public companies in the “Food Retail & Distribution” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Safeway to related companies based on the strength of its profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends, earnings and institutional ownership.

Volatility & Risk

Safeway has a beta of 1.09, meaning that its stock price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Safeway’s competitors have a beta of 0.94, meaning that their average stock price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

54.0% of shares of all “Food Retail & Distribution” companies are held by institutional investors. 15.6% of shares of all “Food Retail & Distribution” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Safeway and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Safeway -0.26% -1.66% -0.69%
Safeway Competitors 0.71% 6.81% 3.98%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Safeway and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Safeway N/A N/A 292.50
Safeway Competitors $21.17 billion $332.40 million 554.60

Safeway’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Safeway. Safeway is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Safeway and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Safeway 0 0 0 0 N/A
Safeway Competitors 646 1344 1399 21 2.23

As a group, “Food Retail & Distribution” companies have a potential upside of 6.61%. Given Safeway’s competitors higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Safeway has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Summary

Safeway competitors beat Safeway on 7 of the 8 factors compared.

Safeway Company Profile

Safeway Inc., is an food and drug retail company. The Company owns and operates GroceryWorks.com Operating Company, LLC, an online grocery channel doing business under the names Safeway.com and Vons.com. Blackhawk, a majority-owned subsidiary of Safeway, is a prepaid payment network utilizing proprietary technology to offer gift cards, other prepaid products and payment services. Blackhawk’s payment network supports its three primary constituents: consumers who purchase the products and services Blackhawk offers, content providers who offer branded products that are redeemable for goods and services, and distribution partners who sell the products. Blackhawk’s product offerings include gift cards, prepaid telecom products and prepaid financial services products, including general purpose reloadable cards and Blackhawk’s reload network.

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