Comparing Smart (SFS) & The Competition

Smart (NYSE: SFS) is one of 18 public companies in the “Supermarkets & Convenience Stores” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Smart to similar businesses based on the strength of its dividends, earnings, profitability, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Smart and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Smart 0.21% 4.14% 1.19%
Smart Competitors 1.35% 8.49% 3.52%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Smart and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Smart $4.34 billion $12.94 million 60.83
Smart Competitors $65.09 billion $1.78 billion 425.64

Smart’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Smart. Smart is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Volatility and Risk

Smart has a beta of 0.25, meaning that its share price is 75% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Smart’s rivals have a beta of 0.87, meaning that their average share price is 13% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Smart and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Smart 1 2 5 0 2.50
Smart Competitors 290 1087 800 35 2.26

Smart currently has a consensus price target of $12.81, suggesting a potential upside of 75.51%. As a group, “Supermarkets & Convenience Stores” companies have a potential downside of 1.27%. Given Smart’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Smart is more favorable than its rivals.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

49.3% of shares of all “Supermarkets & Convenience Stores” companies are held by institutional investors. 8.5% of Smart shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 30.1% of shares of all “Supermarkets & Convenience Stores” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Smart rivals beat Smart on 10 of the 13 factors compared.

Smart Company Profile

Smart & Final Stores, Inc. is a food retailer. The Company is engaged in the business of selling fresh perishables and everyday grocery items, together with foodservice, packaging and janitorial products. The Company operates through two segments: Smart & Final, and Cash and Carry. The Smart & Final segment focuses on both household and business customers. Its Smart & Final stores offer various selections of fresh perishables and everyday grocery items, together with a focused selection of foodservice, packaging and janitorial products, under both national and private label brands. The Cash & Carry segment focuses primarily on restaurants, caterers and a range of other foodservice businesses. It operates non-membership warehouse-style grocery stores under the Smart & Final banner in California, Arizona, and Nevada. The Company also operates non-membership warehouse-style grocery stores in Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Utah, and Nevada under the Cash & Carry banner.

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