US Foods (USFD) vs. Its Competitors Head to Head Comparison

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

Volatility and Risk

US Foods has a beta of 1.38, indicating that its stock price is 38% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, US Foods’ rivals have a beta of 0.97, indicating that their average stock price is 3% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
US Foods 1.11% 12.64% 3.61%
US Foods Competitors 1.01% 7.34% 4.27%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for US Foods and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
US Foods 0 3 6 0 2.67
US Foods Competitors 648 1352 1394 22 2.23

US Foods currently has a consensus target price of $31.75, suggesting a potential upside of 4.03%. As a group, “Food Retail & Distribution” companies have a potential upside of 0.79%. Given US Foods’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe US Foods is more favorable than its rivals.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

96.9% of US Foods shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 68.8% of shares of all “Food Retail & Distribution” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.6% of US Foods shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 14.2% of shares of all “Food Retail & Distribution” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares US Foods and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
US Foods $22.92 billion $209.79 million 26.09
US Foods Competitors $21.17 billion $332.40 million 542.75

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

Summary

US Foods beats its rivals on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

US Foods 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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