Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. (NASDAQ: CRESY) and Caseys General Stores (NASDAQ:CASY) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, profitability, earnings and institutional ownership.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. and Caseys General Stores’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Caseys General Stores $6.64 billion 0.60 $509.54 million $4.48 23.25

Caseys General Stores has higher revenue and earnings than Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A..

Risk & Volatility

Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. has a beta of 1.54, suggesting that its stock price is 54% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Caseys General Stores has a beta of 0.48, suggesting that its stock price is 52% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

25.7% of Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 98.6% of Caseys General Stores shares are owned by institutional investors. 36.2% of Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.3% of Caseys General Stores shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. and Caseys General Stores’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. 0.90% -4.41% -0.47%
Caseys General Stores 2.36% 14.93% 6.00%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. and Caseys General Stores, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. 0 0 0 0 N/A
Caseys General Stores 0 6 4 1 2.55

Caseys General Stores has a consensus price target of $116.29, indicating a potential upside of 11.62%. Given Caseys General Stores’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Caseys General Stores is more favorable than Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A..

Dividends

Caseys General Stores pays an annual dividend of $1.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. does not pay a dividend. Caseys General Stores pays out 23.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. has increased its dividend for 14 consecutive years.

Summary

Caseys General Stores beats Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. Company Profile

Cresud Sociedad Anonima Comercial, Inmobiliaria, Financiera y Agropecuaria is an agricultural company engaged in the production of basic agricultural commodities with presence in the agricultural sector of Brazil, through its investment in Brasilagro, as well as in other Latin American countries. In addition, the Company leases lands to third parties and perform agency and agro-industrial services, including a meat packing plant. It operates in two businesses areas, namely, Agricultural and Investment and Development Properties. Its Agricultural business comprises eight segments: Crops, Cattle, Dairy, Sugarcane, Agricultural Rentals and Services, Land Transformation and Sales, Agro-industrial and Others. The Company’s Investment and Development Properties comprises six segments: Shopping Center Properties, Offices, Sales and Developments, Hotels, International, and Financial Operations and Others. The Company’s main crops include soybean, wheat, corn and sunflower.

Caseys General Stores Company Profile

Casey’s General Stores, Inc. and its subsidiaries, operate convenience stores under the name Casey’s General Store in approximately 10 Midwestern states, in Iowa, Missouri, and Illinois. The Company also operates approximately two stores selling primarily tobacco products. The stores carry a range of food, including freshly prepared foods such as pizza, donuts, and sandwiches, beverages, tobacco products, health and beauty aids, automotive products and other nonfood items. The Company operates approximately 1,930 stores. It operates approximately two distribution centers, through which the Company supply grocery and general merchandise items to its stores. Its general store typically carries over 3,000 food and nonfood items. The Company’s stores sell regional brands of dairy and bakery products, and approximately 90% of the stores offer beer. Its non-food items include tobacco products, health and beauty aids, school supplies, housewares, pet supplies, and automotive products.

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