WD-40 (NASDAQ: WDFC) and Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize (OTCMKTS:ADRNY) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, earnings, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation and institutional ownership.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares WD-40 and Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|WD-40||$380.51 million||4.72||$52.93 million||$3.80||33.80|
|Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize||$71.04 billion||0.40||$2.05 billion||$1.63||14.05|
Institutional and Insider Ownership
85.8% of WD-40 shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.6% of Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.9% of WD-40 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.
WD-40 pays an annual dividend of $2.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize pays an annual dividend of $0.51 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. WD-40 pays out 56.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize pays out 31.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.
This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for WD-40 and Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize||0||0||0||0||N/A|
WD-40 presently has a consensus price target of $119.00, indicating a potential downside of 7.36%. Given WD-40’s higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe WD-40 is more favorable than Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize.
Risk & Volatility
WD-40 has a beta of 0.57, indicating that its share price is 43% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize has a beta of 0.74, indicating that its share price is 26% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares WD-40 and Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize||2.92%||10.51%||4.72%|
WD-40 beats Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.
WD-40 Company Profile
WD-40 Company is a global company engaged in developing and selling products, which solve problems in workshops, factories and homes. The Company’s segments include the Americas; Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and Asia-Pacific. The Company’s Americas segment includes the United States, Canada and Latin America. The EMEA segment includes countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India. The Asia-Pacific segment includes Australia, China and other countries in the Asia region. The Company has two product groups, which include maintenance products and homecare and cleaning products. As of August 31, 2016, the Company marketed and sold its products in more than 176 countries and territories around the world primarily through mass retail and home center stores, warehouse club stores, grocery stores, hardware stores, automotive parts outlets, sport retailers, independent bike dealers, online retailers and industrial distributors and suppliers.
Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize Company Profile
Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize N.V., formerly Koninklijke Ahold N.V., is engaged in the operation of retail stores in Europe and the United States. The Company’s segments are Ahold USA, Delhaize America, The Netherlands, Belgium, and Central and Southeastern Europe (CSE). In addition, Other retail, consists of Ahold Delhaize’s unconsolidated joint ventures JMR – Gestao de Empresas de Retalho, SGPS, S.A. (JMR) and P.T. Lion Super Indo, LLC (Super Indo), and Ahold Delhaize’s Global Support Office. JMR operates food retail stores in Portugal under the brand name Pingo Doce. The Company’s Ahold USA segment includes Stop & Shop New England, Stop & Shop New York Metro, Giant Landover, Giant Carlisle and Peapod. The Company’s Delhaize America segment includes brands, such as Food Lion and Hannaford. The Food Lion brand’s market areas include Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
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