Analyzing Alimentation Couche-Tard (ANCTF) & Ingles Markets (IMKTA)

Alimentation Couche-Tard (OTCMKTS:ANCTF) and Ingles Markets (NASDAQ:IMKTA) are both consumer defensive companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, risk and profitability.


Ingles Markets pays an annual dividend of $0.66 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. Alimentation Couche-Tard does not pay a dividend. Ingles Markets pays out 13.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


This table compares Alimentation Couche-Tard and Ingles Markets’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Alimentation Couche-Tard N/A N/A N/A
Ingles Markets 1.80% 11.64% 3.76%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Alimentation Couche-Tard and Ingles Markets, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Alimentation Couche-Tard 0 0 0 0 N/A
Ingles Markets 0 0 0 0 N/A

Insider and Institutional Ownership

62.1% of Ingles Markets shares are owned by institutional investors. 29.5% of Ingles Markets shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Alimentation Couche-Tard and Ingles Markets’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Alimentation Couche-Tard N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Ingles Markets $4.09 billion 0.15 $97.36 million $4.81 6.29

Ingles Markets has higher revenue and earnings than Alimentation Couche-Tard.


Ingles Markets beats Alimentation Couche-Tard on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Alimentation Couche-Tard Company Profile

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. operates and licenses convenience stores. Its convenience stores sell tobacco products, grocery items, beverages, and fresh food offerings; road transportation fuel; and stationary energy, marine fuel, aviation fuel, and chemicals. The company operates its convenience store and road transportation fuel retailing chain under various banners, including Circle K, Couche-Tard, Holiday, Ingo, Mac's, Re.Store, and Topaz. It is also involved in the sale of lottery tickets, calling cards, gift cards, postage stamps, and bus tickets; issuance of money orders; and provision of automatic teller machines, cashing checks, and car wash services. As at April 30, 2018, it operated and licensed 12,740 convenience stores, which include 9,718 company-operated stores in North America, Ireland, Scandinavia, Poland, the Baltics, and Russia, as well as 2,000 stores, which are operated under the Circle K banner in China, Costa Rica, Egypt, Guam, Honduras, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam. The company was formerly known as Actidev Inc. and changed its name to Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. in December 1994. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Laval, Canada.

Ingles Markets Company Profile

Ingles Markets, Incorporated operates a chain of supermarkets in the southeast United States. Its supermarkets offer various food products, including grocery, meat and dairy products, produce, frozen foods, and other perishables; and non-food products, such as fuel centers, pharmacies, health and beauty care products, and general merchandise, as well as private label items. The company also provides home meal replacement items, delicatessens, bakeries, floral departments, and greeting cards, as well as organic, beverage, and health-related items. As of September 30, 2018, it operated 190 supermarkets under the Ingles name; and 10 supermarkets under the Sav-Mor name in western North Carolina, western South Carolina, northern Georgia, eastern Tennessee, southwestern Virginia, and northeastern Alabama, as well as 108 pharmacies and 102 fuel stations. In addition, it is involved in the fluid dairy operation and shopping center rental businesses. Ingles Markets, Incorporated was founded in 1963 and is headquartered in Black Mountain, North Carolina.

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