Contrasting GNC Holdings (GNC) and Its Peers
GNC Holdings (NYSE: GNC) is one of 23 public companies in the “Food Retail & Distribution” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare GNC Holdings to related companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation and dividends.
Volatility and Risk
GNC Holdings has a beta of 0.88, meaning that its stock price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, GNC Holdings’ rivals have a beta of 0.93, meaning that their average stock price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a breakdown of current recommendations for GNC Holdings and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|GNC Holdings Competitors||705||1429||1413||22||2.21|
GNC Holdings presently has a consensus price target of $8.08, indicating a potential downside of 11.75%. As a group, “Food Retail & Distribution” companies have a potential upside of 3.41%. Given GNC Holdings’ rivals stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe GNC Holdings has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.
GNC Holdings pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. GNC Holdings pays out -3.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Food Retail & Distribution” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.4% and pay out 143.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. GNC Holdings has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
65.5% of GNC Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.7% of shares of all “Food Retail & Distribution” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.9% of GNC Holdings shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 19.9% of shares of all “Food Retail & Distribution” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares GNC Holdings and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||EBITDA||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|GNC Holdings||$2.48 billion||$278.86 million||-1.73|
|GNC Holdings Competitors||$21.37 billion||$977.08 million||38.82|
GNC Holdings’ rivals have higher revenue and earnings than GNC Holdings. GNC Holdings 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.
This table compares GNC Holdings and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|GNC Holdings Competitors||0.82%||32.88%||4.20%|
GNC Holdings rivals beat GNC Holdings on 11 of the 15 factors compared.
About GNC Holdings
GNC Holdings, Inc. is a specialty retailer of health, wellness and performance products, which include protein, performance supplements, weight management supplements, vitamins, herbs and greens, wellness supplements, health and beauty, food and drink and other general merchandise. The Company’s operations consist of purchasing raw materials, formulating and manufacturing products and selling the finished products. It operates in three segments: U.S. and Canada, International and Manufacturing/Wholesale. Its U.S. and Canada segment generates revenues primarily from sales of products to customers at its Company-owned stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, through its Websites, GNC.com and LuckyVitamin.com. Its International segment generates revenue primarily to its international franchisees. Its Manufacturing/Wholesale segment comprises its manufacturing operations in South Carolina and its wholesale partner relationships.
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