Head-To-Head Contrast: George Weston (WNGRF) versus Sprouts Farmers Market (SFM)

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George Weston (OTCMKTS:WNGRF) and Sprouts Farmers Market (NASDAQ:SFM) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership and valuation.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

0.0% of George Weston shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 99.3% of Sprouts Farmers Market shares are held by institutional investors. 0.7% of Sprouts Farmers Market shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

George Weston has a beta of 0.94, meaning that its share price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sprouts Farmers Market has a beta of 0.48, meaning that its share price is 52% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares George Weston and Sprouts Farmers Market’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
George Weston -0.18% 6.66% 2.17%
Sprouts Farmers Market 2.78% 26.41% 8.22%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for George Weston and Sprouts Farmers Market, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
George Weston 0 0 0 0 N/A
Sprouts Farmers Market 3 10 6 0 2.16

Sprouts Farmers Market has a consensus target price of $25.84, indicating a potential upside of 20.25%. Given Sprouts Farmers Market’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Sprouts Farmers Market is more favorable than George Weston.

Dividends

George Weston pays an annual dividend of $1.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Sprouts Farmers Market does not pay a dividend.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares George Weston and Sprouts Farmers Market’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
George Weston $37.47 billion 0.31 $442.89 million N/A N/A
Sprouts Farmers Market $5.21 billion 0.49 $158.54 million $1.29 16.66

George Weston has higher revenue and earnings than Sprouts Farmers Market.

Summary

Sprouts Farmers Market beats George Weston on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About George Weston

George Weston Limited engages in the food processing and distribution business in Canada and internationally. The company operates through three segments: Weston Foods, Loblaw, and Choice Properties. The Weston Foods segment produces fresh, frozen, and specialty bakery products, such as breads, rolls, bagels, tortillas, cakes, donuts, pies, cookies, crackers, and other baked goods through national and regional supermarkets, wholesale and club stores, dollar stores, convenience store chains, food service distributors, and outlets. This segment also supplies control brand products to retailers and consumer food companies; ice cream cones and sandwich wafers to manufacturers in the frozen novelty category; and Girl Scout cookies. The Loblaw segment provides grocery, pharmacy, health and beauty, apparel, general merchandise, credit card, insurance brokerage, gift cards, and telecommunication services in approximately 2,300 corporate, franchised, and associate-owned locations. It operates retail drug stores under the Shoppers Drug Mart and Pharmaprix names that offer over-the-counter medications, health and beauty aids, cosmetics and fragrances, seasonal products, and household essentials; and Shoppers Home Health Care stores, which sells and services assisted-living devices, medical equipment, home-care products, and durable mobility equipment to institutional and retail customers. This segment also provides specialty drug distribution, pharmacy, and patient support services, as well as pharmaceutical products and services to long-term care facilities. The Choice Properties segment owns, develops, and manages retail and commercial real estate consisting of 435 properties primarily focusing on supermarket-anchored shopping centers, supermarkets, and other commercial properties; and industrial, office, and residential properties. The company was founded in 1882 and is headquartered in Toronto, Canada. George Weston Limited is a subsidiary of Wittington Investments, Ltd.

About Sprouts Farmers Market

Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc., a healthy grocery store, provides fresh, natural, and organic food products in the United States. Its stores offer fresh produce, bulk foods, vitamins and supplements, packaged groceries, meat and seafood, baked goods, dairy products, frozen foods, beer and wine, natural body care and household items. As of February 18, 2019, it operated 318 stores in 19 states. Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. was founded in 2002 and is based in Phoenix, Arizona.

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