Village Super Market (VLGEA) & Sprouts Farmers Market (SFM) Critical Survey

Village Super Market (NASDAQ: VLGEA) and Sprouts Farmers Market (NASDAQ:SFM) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares Village Super Market and Sprouts Farmers Market’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Village Super Market 1.58% 9.63% 6.08%
Sprouts Farmers Market 3.40% 21.81% 9.07%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

43.8% of Village Super Market shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 92.7% of Sprouts Farmers Market shares are held by institutional investors. 40.1% of Village Super Market shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.8% of Sprouts Farmers Market shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

Village Super Market has a beta of 0.25, meaning that its share price is 75% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sprouts Farmers Market has a beta of 0.89, meaning that its share price is 11% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Village Super Market pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.7%. Sprouts Farmers Market does not pay a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Village Super Market and Sprouts Farmers Market, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Village Super Market 0 0 0 0 N/A
Sprouts Farmers Market 1 8 13 0 2.55

Sprouts Farmers Market has a consensus target price of $26.94, suggesting a potential upside of 9.09%. Given Sprouts Farmers Market’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Sprouts Farmers Market is more favorable than Village Super Market.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Village Super Market and Sprouts Farmers Market’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Village Super Market $1.60 billion 0.24 $22.92 million N/A N/A
Sprouts Farmers Market $4.66 billion 0.70 $158.44 million $1.01 24.46

Sprouts Farmers Market has higher revenue and earnings than Village Super Market.

Summary

Sprouts Farmers Market beats Village Super Market on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Village Super Market Company Profile

Village Super Market, Inc. operates a chain of supermarkets in the United States. Its stores feature specialty departments, such as an on-site bakery, an expanded delicatessen, various natural and organic foods, ethnic and international foods, prepared foods, and pharmacies. The company operates a chain of 29 ShopRite supermarkets, including 18 located in northern New Jersey, 8 located in southern New Jersey, 2 located in Maryland, and 1 located in northeastern Pennsylvania. Village Super Market, Inc. was founded in 1937 and is based in Springfield, New Jersey.

Sprouts Farmers Market Company Profile

Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. is a food retailer. The Company operates as a grocery store that offers fresh, natural and organic food that includes fresh produce, bulk foods, vitamins and supplements, packaged groceries, meat and seafood, deli, baked goods, dairy products, frozen foods, body care and natural household items catering to consumers’ interest in health and wellness. As of February 23, 2017, the Company operated 256 stores in 14 states. The Company categorizes the varieties of products it sells as perishable and non-perishable. The perishable product categories include produce, meat, seafood, deli and bakery. Its non-perishable product categories include grocery, vitamins and supplements, bulk items, dairy and dairy alternatives, frozen foods, beer and wine, and natural health and body care.

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