Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. (NASDAQ: CRESY) and SpartanNash (NASDAQ:SPTN) are both small-cap consumer staples companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends and risk.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. and SpartanNash’s 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. $4.16 billion 0.24 $380.99 million N/A N/A
SpartanNash $7.93 billion 0.11 $228.44 million $1.74 13.97

Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. has higher revenue, but lower earnings than SpartanNash.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

24.9% of Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 88.2% of SpartanNash shares are owned by institutional investors. 36.2% of Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.0% of SpartanNash shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. has a beta of 1.55, indicating that its share price is 55% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SpartanNash has a beta of 1.06, indicating that its share price is 6% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. and SpartanNash’s 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%
SpartanNash 0.83% 10.00% 4.01%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. and SpartanNash, as provided by MarketBeat.

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
SpartanNash 1 3 0 0 1.75

SpartanNash has a consensus target price of $25.25, suggesting a potential upside of 3.91%. Given SpartanNash’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe SpartanNash is more favorable than Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A..

Dividends

SpartanNash pays an annual dividend of $0.66 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.7%. Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. does not pay a dividend. SpartanNash pays out 37.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

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.

SpartanNash Company Profile

SpartanNash Company is a multi-regional grocery distributor and grocery retailer. The Company’s core businesses include distributing grocery products to independent grocery retailers (independent retailers), select national retailers, its corporate owned retail stores, and the United States military commissaries. The Company operates through three segments: Food Distribution, Military and Retail. The Food Distribution segment provides a range of nationally branded and private brand grocery products and perishable food products to independent retailers, food service distributors and its corporate owned retail stores. The Military segment contracts with manufacturers to distribute a range of grocery products primarily to military commissaries and exchanges located in the United States, the District of Columbia, Europe, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Bahrain and Egypt. As of December 31, 2016, the Retail segment operated 157 corporate owned retail stores in the Midwest and Great Lakes regions.

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