SuperValu (NYSE: SVU) and Delhaize Group SA (NYSE:DEG) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Dividends

Delhaize Group SA pays an annual dividend of $0.35 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. SuperValu does not pay a dividend. Delhaize Group SA pays out 29.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for SuperValu and Delhaize Group SA, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SuperValu 1 6 2 0 2.11
Delhaize Group SA 0 0 0 0 N/A

SuperValu presently has a consensus target price of $26.29, indicating a potential upside of 57.97%. Given SuperValu’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe SuperValu is more favorable than Delhaize Group SA.

Profitability

This table compares SuperValu and Delhaize Group SA’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SuperValu 4.08% 41.33% 2.32%
Delhaize Group SA 1.77% 7.11% 3.43%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares SuperValu and Delhaize Group SA’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SuperValu $12.48 billion 0.05 $650.00 million $14.54 1.14
Delhaize Group SA N/A N/A N/A $1.17 24.03

SuperValu has higher revenue and earnings than Delhaize Group SA. SuperValu is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Delhaize Group SA, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

SuperValu beats Delhaize Group SA on 7 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

SuperValu Company Profile

Supervalu Inc. is a wholesale distributor to independent retail customers across the United States. The Company’s segments include Wholesale and Retail. The Company offers a range of advertised brand name and private-label products, including grocery (both perishable and nonperishable), general merchandise and home, health and beauty care, and pharmacy, which are sold through Company-operated and licensed Retail stores to shoppers and through its Wholesale segment to independent retail customers. The Company’s Wholesale segment provides wholesale distribution of products to independent retail customers. Wholesale is organized and operated through two geographic regions: East and West. As of February 27, 2016, the Company conducted its Retail operations through a total of 200 stores primarily organized under five regionally-based retail banners of Cub Foods, Shoppers Food & Pharmacy, Shop ‘n Save, Farm Fresh and Hornbacher’s, as well as two Rainbow and two County Market stores.

Delhaize Group SA Company Profile

Delhaize le Lion de Leeuw BV (Belgium Branch), formerly Delhaize Group SA, is a Belgium-based food retailer. The Company operates through three segments: the United States, including Food Lion and Hannaford banners; Belgium, including Delhaize Le Lion and AD Delhaize banners, and Southeastern Europe (SEE), including Alfa Beta, Mega Image and Shop&Go banners. The Company is principally engaged in the operation of food supermarkets through Company-operated, affiliated and franchised stores. Affiliated stores are with its banners that are operated by independent third parties to whom the Company sells its products at wholesale prices. Its store network also includes other store formats, such as proximity, cash and carry, and specialty stores. The Company has stores located in the United States (Northeast, Southeast and Mid-Atlantic), Belgium, Luxembourg, Greece, Serbia, Romania and Indonesia. The Company operates over 3,510 stores.

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