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

Volatility & Risk

Safeway has a beta of 1.09, suggesting that its share price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Safeway’s rivals have a beta of 0.98, suggesting that their average share price is 2% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

62.3% of shares of all “Food Retail & Distribution” companies are owned by institutional investors. 12.8% of shares of all “Food Retail & Distribution” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Safeway and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Safeway 0 0 0 0 N/A
Safeway Competitors 648 1355 1412 22 2.24

As a group, “Food Retail & Distribution” companies have a potential upside of 4.86%. Given Safeway’s rivals higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Safeway has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Profitability

This table compares Safeway and its rivals’ 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 1.86% 14.75% 4.28%

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Safeway N/A N/A 292.50
Safeway Competitors $21.17 billion $332.40 million 566.31

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

Summary

Safeway rivals 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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