Weis Markets (NYSE: WMK) and Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao (NYSE:CBD) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, institutional ownership, profitability and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares Weis Markets and Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Weis Markets 2.42% 8.89% 5.94%
Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao 0.27% 5.46% 1.65%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Weis Markets and Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Weis Markets $3.40 billion 0.34 $173.90 million $3.05 14.10
Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao $13.52 billion 0.49 $772.66 million $0.14 178.21

Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao has higher revenue and earnings than Weis Markets. Weis Markets is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk & Volatility

Weis Markets has a beta of 0.72, indicating that its share price is 28% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao has a beta of 1.84, indicating that its share price is 84% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Weis Markets pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.8%. Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao does not pay a dividend. Weis Markets pays out 39.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

32.0% of Weis Markets shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 3.5% of Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao shares are owned by institutional investors. 26.9% of Weis Markets shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.0% of Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Weis Markets and Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Weis Markets 0 0 0 0 N/A
Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao 0 3 1 0 2.25

Weis Markets Company Profile

Weis Markets, Inc. is engaged principally in the retail sale of food in Pennsylvania and surrounding states. The Company’s retail food stores sell groceries, dairy products, frozen foods, meats, seafood, fresh produce, floral, pharmacy services, deli products, prepared foods, bakery products, beer and wine, fuel and general merchandise items, such as health and beauty care and household products. As of December 31, 2016, it had owned and operated approximately 204 retail food stores. The majority of the Company’s stores are concentrated in central and northeast Pennsylvania, central Maryland, suburban Washington, District of Columbia and Baltimore regions and New York’s Southern Tier. As of December 31, 2016, it had operated four stores in Delaware, 50 stores in Maryland, five stores in New Jersey, nine stores in New York, 121 stores in Pennsylvania, 13 stores in Virginia and two stores in West Virginia, for a total of 204 retail food stores operating under the Weis Markets name.

Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao Company Profile

Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao, directly or through its subsidiaries, is engaged in the retail of food, clothing, home appliances, electronics and other items through its chain of hypermarkets, supermarkets, specialized stores and department stores principally under the trade names Pao de Acucar, Minuto Pao de Acucar, Extra Hiper, Extra Super, Minimercado Extra, Assai an the neighborhood shopping mall brand Conviva. The Company’s segments include Retail, and Cash and carry segment. The Company’s Retail segment includes the banners Pao de Acucar, Minuto Pao de Acucar, Extra Hiper, Extra Supermercado, Minimercado Extra, Posto Extra, Drogaria Extra and GPA Malls & Properties. Its Cash & Carry segment includes the brand Assai. The Company is engaged in operations of retail stores located in approximately 20 states and the Federal District of Brazil.

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