BJs Wholesale Club (NYSE: BJ) is one of 14 public companies in the “Variety stores” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare BJs Wholesale Club to similar businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, risk, profitability, earnings, valuation, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

82.4% of BJs Wholesale Club shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 77.1% of shares of all “Variety stores” companies are owned by institutional investors. 13.8% of shares of all “Variety stores” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares BJs Wholesale Club and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
BJs Wholesale Club N/A N/A N/A
BJs Wholesale Club Competitors 2.21% 10.76% 6.03%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares BJs Wholesale Club and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
BJs Wholesale Club $13.01 billion $127.26 million 25.02
BJs Wholesale Club Competitors $65.08 billion $1.21 billion 25.02

BJs Wholesale Club’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than BJs Wholesale Club. BJs Wholesale Club is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for BJs Wholesale Club and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
BJs Wholesale Club 1 6 11 0 2.56
BJs Wholesale Club Competitors 259 1645 2100 114 2.50

BJs Wholesale Club presently has a consensus price target of $30.54, indicating a potential upside of 7.08%. As a group, “Variety stores” companies have a potential upside of 3.12%. Given BJs Wholesale Club’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe BJs Wholesale Club is more favorable than its peers.

Summary

BJs Wholesale Club peers beat BJs Wholesale Club on 8 of the 12 factors compared.

BJs Wholesale Club Company Profile

BJ's Wholesale Club Holdings, Inc. operates as a warehouse club on the East Coast of the United States. It offers perishable, edible grocery, general merchandise, and non-edible grocery products. The company also sells electronics, computers, office supplies and equipment, home products, health and beauty aids, sporting goods, outdoor living, baby products, toys, and jewelry through Website. As of February 2, 2019, it operated 216 clubs and 138 gasoline stations. The company was formerly known as Beacon Holding Inc. and changed its name to BJ's Wholesale Club Holdings, Inc. in February 2018. The company is based in Westborough, Massachusetts.

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