Ingles Markets (NASDAQ: IMKTA) and Alimentation Couche-Tard (OTCMKTS:ANCUF) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations and risk.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
61.8% of Ingles Markets shares are held by institutional investors. 29.5% of Ingles Markets shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
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 24.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.
Risk and Volatility
Ingles Markets has a beta of 0.58, meaning that its share price is 42% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Alimentation Couche-Tard has a beta of 0.31, meaning that its share price is 69% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Ingles Markets and Alimentation Couche-Tard, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
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This table compares Ingles Markets and Alimentation Couche-Tard’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Ingles Markets and Alimentation Couche-Tard’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Ingles Markets||$4.00 billion||0.15||$53.87 million||$2.66||11.35|
Ingles Markets has higher revenue and earnings than Alimentation Couche-Tard.
Ingles Markets beats Alimentation Couche-Tard on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.
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, 2017, it operated 190 supermarkets under the Ingles name; and 9 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 103 pharmacies and 97 fuel centers. 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.
Alimentation Couche-Tard Company Profile
Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. operates and licenses convenience stores. The company's convenience stores sell tobacco products, grocery items, beverages, and fresh food offerings, as well as other retail products and services, road transportation fuel, stationary energy, marine fuel, and chemicals. It operates its convenience store and road transportation fuel retailing chain under various banners, including Circle K, Couche-Tard, Mac's, Kangaroo, Kangaroo Express, Statoil, Ingo, Topaz, Shell, Esso, and Re.Store. The company is also involved in the sale of lottery tickets, calling cards, gift cards, postage stamps, and bus tickets; and issuance of money orders and cashing cheques, as well as automatic teller machines and car wash services. As at April 30, 2017, it operated and licensed 10,869 convenience stores, which include 8,011 company-operated stores in North America, Ireland, Scandinavia, Poland, the Baltics, and Russia, as well as 1,700 stores, which are operated by independent operators under the Circle K banner in China, Costa Rica, Egypt, Guam, Honduras, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines, 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.
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