Head to Head Review: Safeway (SWY) & The Competition

Safeway (NYSE: SWY) is one of 20 publicly-traded companies in the “Food Retail & Distribution” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Safeway to related businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends and risk.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

62.0% of shares of all “Food Retail & Distribution” companies are held by institutional investors. 12.8% of shares of all “Food Retail & Distribution” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Safeway and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Safeway 0 0 0 0 N/A
Safeway Competitors 649 1348 1377 23 2.23

As a group, “Food Retail & Distribution” companies have a potential upside of 3.80%. Given Safeway’s peers higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Safeway has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Risk and Volatility

Safeway has a beta of 1.09, suggesting that its share price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Safeway’s peers have a beta of 1.12, suggesting that their average share price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Safeway and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Safeway -0.26% -1.66% -0.69%
Safeway Competitors 1.09% 7.86% 4.49%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Safeway and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Safeway N/A N/A 292.50
Safeway Competitors $21.17 billion $332.40 million 480.48

Safeway’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Safeway. Safeway 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.

Summary

Safeway peers beat Safeway on 9 of the 9 factors compared.

About Safeway

Safeway Inc., is an food and drug retail company. The Company owns and operates GroceryWorks.com Operating Company, LLC, an online grocery channel doing business under the names Safeway.com and Vons.com. Blackhawk, a majority-owned subsidiary of Safeway, is a prepaid payment network utilizing proprietary technology to offer gift cards, other prepaid products and payment services. Blackhawk’s payment network supports its three primary constituents: consumers who purchase the products and services Blackhawk offers, content providers who offer branded products that are redeemable for goods and services, and distribution partners who sell the products. Blackhawk’s product offerings include gift cards, prepaid telecom products and prepaid financial services products, including general purpose reloadable cards and Blackhawk’s reload network.

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