Etablissementen Franz Colruyt (CUYTF) versus Smart & Final Stores (SFS) Critical Analysis

Etablissementen Franz Colruyt (OTCMKTS:CUYTF) and Smart & Final Stores (NYSE:SFS) are both consumer defensive companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership and valuation.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

93.3% of Smart & Final Stores shares are held by institutional investors. 9.6% of Smart & Final Stores shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Etablissementen Franz Colruyt and Smart & Final Stores’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Etablissementen Franz Colruyt N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Smart & Final Stores $4.57 billion 0.08 -$138.91 million $0.34 14.88

Etablissementen Franz Colruyt has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Smart & Final Stores.

Profitability

This table compares Etablissementen Franz Colruyt and Smart & Final Stores’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Etablissementen Franz Colruyt N/A N/A N/A
Smart & Final Stores -3.04% 5.62% 1.35%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Etablissementen Franz Colruyt and Smart & Final Stores, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Etablissementen Franz Colruyt 0 0 0 0 N/A
Smart & Final Stores 1 6 1 0 2.00

Smart & Final Stores has a consensus price target of $7.44, suggesting a potential upside of 46.99%. Given Smart & Final Stores’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Smart & Final Stores is more favorable than Etablissementen Franz Colruyt.

Summary

Smart & Final Stores beats Etablissementen Franz Colruyt on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Etablissementen Franz Colruyt

Etn. Fr. Colruyt NV, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the retail, wholesale, and food service activities in Belgium, France, and internationally. It operates through two segments, Retail, and Wholesale and Foodservice segments. The company operates food retail store network that includes 237 Colruyt stores, 129 OKay stores, 24 Bio- Planet stores, and 3 Cru stores, as well as 43 Dreamland stores and 24 Dreambaby stores in Belgium. It also operates 74 Colruyt retail stores and 2 Dreamland stores in France. In addition, the company operates 215 Spar retail stores; and 118 petrol stations in Belgium and 39 in France under the DATS 24 name. Further, the company operates ColliShop, an online shopping service that offers various product categories, including cooking and dining, bed and bath, terrace and garden, etc.; Collect&Go, an online shopping service; and ColliShop Professional, which offers a range of B2B products. Additionally, it provides purchasing, storage, and transport services for independent stores; groceries, dairy products, meat products, drinks, maintenance products, and frozen products; operates 62 ZEB stores, which sells multi-brand fashion products for men and women; operates MyUnderwear24, a Webshop that sells underwear and night clothing; processes meat products; and provides dry, fresh, and deep-frozen products. Etn. Fr. Colruyt NV also offers print and document management services; generates green power with wind turbines and solar panels, as well as combined heat and power generation facilities; and invests in offshore wind farms. The company offers its products and services to wholesalers, commercial customers, and affiliated independent merchants, as well as for schools, hospitals, reception centers, hospitality sector, and caterers. Etn. Fr. Colruyt NV was founded in 1928 and is headquartered in Halle, Belgium.

About Smart & Final Stores

Smart & Final Stores, Inc. operates as a food retailer in the United States. It operates in two segments, Smart & Final, and Cash & Carry Smart Foodservice. The company's stores offer fresh perishables and everyday grocery items, such as produce, meat and deli, dairy and cheese, grocery, and beverage products, as well as paper and packaging, and restaurant equipment and janitorial supplies. It also provides various private label products under the First Street, Sun Harvest, Simply Value, La Romanella, Montecito, Iris, and Ambiance brands. The company sells its products to household and business customers; restaurants; caterers; and various other foodservice businesses, such as food trucks and coffee houses through vendors and suppliers. As of June 17, 2018, it operated 322 grocery and foodservice stores under the Smart & Final, Smart & Final Extra !, and Smart Foodservice Warehouse Stores names in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, and Utah, as well as 15 stores in Northwestern Mexico operated through a joint venture. Smart & Final Stores, Inc. was founded in 1871 and is based in Commerce, California.

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