Safeway (NYSE: SWY) is one of 22 public companies in the “Food Retail & Distribution” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Safeway to related businesses based on the strength of its risk, valuation, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends and institutional ownership.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Safeway and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
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.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
68.8% of shares of all “Food Retail & Distribution” companies are owned by institutional investors. 14.2% of shares of all “Food Retail & Distribution” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
This is a breakdown of current ratings for Safeway and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
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As a group, “Food Retail & Distribution” companies have a potential upside of 3.33%. Given Safeway’s rivals higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Safeway has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.
Risk and Volatility
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 1.06, suggesting that their average share price is 6% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares Safeway and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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Safeway rivals beat Safeway on 7 of the 8 factors compared.
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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