Head-To-Head Survey: Performance Food Group (PFGC) & Safeway (SWY)

Performance Food Group (NYSE: PFGC) and Safeway (NYSE:SWY) are both mid-cap non-cyclical consumer goods & services companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, risk, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Performance Food Group and Safeway, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Performance Food Group 0 4 5 0 2.56
Safeway 0 0 0 0 N/A

Performance Food Group currently has a consensus target price of $30.71, indicating a potential downside of 9.93%. Given Performance Food Group’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Performance Food Group is more favorable than Safeway.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Performance Food Group and Safeway’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Performance Food Group $16.76 billion 0.21 $96.30 million $1.03 33.11
Safeway N/A N/A N/A $0.12 292.50

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

Profitability

This table compares Performance Food Group and Safeway’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Performance Food Group 0.62% 15.02% 3.60%
Safeway -0.26% -1.66% -0.69%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

82.3% of Performance Food Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.7% of Performance Food Group 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.

Summary

Performance Food Group beats Safeway on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Performance Food Group Company Profile

Performance Food Group Company, through its subsidiaries, markets and distributes food and food-related products. The Company operates through three segments: Performance Foodservice, PFG Customized and Vistar. The Performance Foodservice segment distributes a range of national brands, customer brands, and branded food and food-related products. It sells to independent or street, and multi-unit or chain, restaurants and other institutions. Its PFG Customized segment provides service to family and casual dining restaurant chains, and fast casual and quick service restaurant chains. Its Vistar segment specializes in distributing candy, snacks, beverages and other items nationally to the vending, office coffee service, theater, hospitality and other channels. Its products include a range of frozen foods, such as meats, fully prepared appetizers and entrees, and desserts; a range of canned and dry foods; fresh meats; dairy products; beverage products, and snack and other products.

Safeway Company Profile

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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