US Foods Holding Corp. (NYSE: USFD) is one of 21 publicly-traded companies in the “Food Retail & Distribution” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare US Foods Holding Corp. to related companies based on the strength of its earnings, risk, profitability, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

54.0% of shares of all “Food Retail & Distribution” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.6% of US Foods Holding Corp. shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 15.6% of shares of all “Food Retail & Distribution” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares US Foods Holding Corp. and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
US Foods Holding Corp. $22.92 billion $209.79 million 23.41
US Foods Holding Corp. Competitors $21.17 billion $332.40 million 553.04

US Foods Holding Corp. has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its rivals. US Foods Holding Corp. 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.

Risk and Volatility

US Foods Holding Corp. has a beta of 1.23, meaning that its stock price is 23% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, US Foods Holding Corp.’s rivals have a beta of 0.94, meaning that their average stock price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for US Foods Holding Corp. and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
US Foods Holding Corp. 0 3 7 0 2.70
US Foods Holding Corp. Competitors 646 1344 1383 21 2.23

US Foods Holding Corp. presently has a consensus target price of $31.67, indicating a potential upside of 15.61%. As a group, “Food Retail & Distribution” companies have a potential upside of 3.83%. Given US Foods Holding Corp.’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe US Foods Holding Corp. is more favorable than its rivals.

Profitability

This table compares US Foods Holding Corp. and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
US Foods Holding Corp. 1.11% 12.64% 3.61%
US Foods Holding Corp. Competitors 0.71% 6.81% 3.98%

Summary

US Foods Holding Corp. beats its rivals on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

US Foods Holding Corp. Company Profile

US Foods Holding Corp. is a holding company. The Company is a foodservice distributor in the United States. The Company, through US Foods, Inc. (USF), markets and primarily distributes fresh, frozen and dry food and non-food products to foodservice customers throughout the United States. These customers include independently owned single and multi-unit restaurants, regional concepts, national restaurant chains, hospitals, nursing homes, hotels and motels, country clubs, government and military organizations, colleges and universities, and retail locations. As of December 31, 2016, the Company provided approximately 400,000 fresh, frozen, and dry food stock-keeping units (SKUs), as well as non-food items, sourced from over 5,000 suppliers. As of January 31, 2017, it maintained 75 primary operating facilities, consisting of its 60 distribution centers and other supporting facilities.

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