Critical Contrast: Empire (OTCMKTS:EMLAF) and Weis Markets (OTCMKTS:WMK)

Empire (OTCMKTS:EMLAF) and Weis Markets (NYSE:WMK) are both consumer defensive companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, valuation, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Empire and Weis Markets, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Empire 0 0 1 0 3.00
Weis Markets 0 0 0 0 N/A


Weis Markets pays an annual dividend of $1.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.1%. Empire does not pay a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Empire and Weis Markets’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Empire N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Weis Markets $3.51 billion 0.30 $62.74 million N/A N/A

Weis Markets has higher revenue and earnings than Empire.


This table compares Empire and Weis Markets’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Empire N/A N/A N/A
Weis Markets 1.76% 6.02% 3.97%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

38.6% of Weis Markets shares are held by institutional investors. 27.0% of Weis Markets shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


Weis Markets beats Empire on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Empire Company Profile

Empire Company Limited, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the food retail and related real estate businesses in Canada. It operates through two segments, Food Retailing, and Investments and Other Operations. The company owns, affiliates, and franchises approximately 1,500 retail stores under various retail banners, including Sobeys, Safeway, IGA, Foodland, FreshCo, Thrifty Foods, and Lawtons Drugs; and approximately 350 retail fuel locations. It also owns interest in Crombie Real Estate Investment Trust, an open-ended Canadian real estate investment trust to sell and leaseback a portfolio of 19 retail properties; and various equity accounted interests in Genstar real estate partnerships that develop residential real estate properties in Ontario, Western Canada, and the United States. The company was founded in 1907 and is headquartered in Stellarton, Canada.

Weis Markets Company Profile

Weis Markets, Inc. engages 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, and fuel; and general merchandise items, such as health and beauty care, and household products. It operates stores primarily under the Weis Markets trade name, as well as trademarks for its product lines and promotions, such as Weis, Weis 2 Go, Weis Wonder Chicken, Weis Great Meals Start Here, Weis Gas-n-Go, and Weis Nutri-Facts. As of March 13, 2018, the company operated 205 retail food stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, and West Virginia. Weis Markets, Inc. was founded in 1912 and is based in Sunbury, Pennsylvania.

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