Winn-Dixie Stores (NASDAQ: WINN) and Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. (NASDAQ:CRESY) are both small-cap supermarkets & convenience stores companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends and earnings.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

22.8% of Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. shares are owned by institutional investors. 36.2% of Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. pays an annual dividend of $0.43 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. Winn-Dixie Stores does not pay a dividend. Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. pays out -19.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Winn-Dixie Stores and Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A., as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Winn-Dixie Stores 0 0 0 0 N/A
Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. 0 0 0 0 N/A

Profitability

This table compares Winn-Dixie Stores and Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Winn-Dixie Stores N/A N/A N/A
Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. 2.35% 7.25% 1.21%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Winn-Dixie Stores and Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A.’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Winn-Dixie Stores N/A N/A N/A ($0.24) N/A
Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. $5.05 billion 0.21 $97.76 million ($2.18) -9.77

Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. has higher revenue and earnings than Winn-Dixie Stores. Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Winn-Dixie Stores, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. beats Winn-Dixie Stores on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A.

Cresud Sociedad Anonima Comercial, Inmobiliaria, Financiera y Agropecuaria is an agricultural company engaged in the production of basic agricultural commodities with presence in the agricultural sector of Brazil, through its investment in Brasilagro, as well as in other Latin American countries. In addition, the Company leases lands to third parties and perform agency and agro-industrial services, including a meat packing plant. It operates in two businesses areas, namely, Agricultural and Investment and Development Properties. Its Agricultural business comprises eight segments: Crops, Cattle, Dairy, Sugarcane, Agricultural Rentals and Services, Land Transformation and Sales, Agro-industrial and Others. The Company’s Investment and Development Properties comprises six segments: Shopping Center Properties, Offices, Sales and Developments, Hotels, International, and Financial Operations and Others. The Company’s main crops include soybean, wheat, corn and sunflower.

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