Reviewing Safeway (NYSE:SWY) and Its Rivals

Safeway (NYSE: SWY) is one of 22 publicly-traded companies in the “Food Retail & Distribution” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Safeway to similar businesses based on the strength of its dividends, earnings, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and risk.

Volatility & Risk

Safeway has a beta of 1.09, meaning that its stock price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Safeway’s peers have a beta of 1.04, meaning that their average stock price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Safeway and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Safeway 0 0 0 0 N/A
Safeway Competitors 652 1372 1426 25 2.24

As a group, “Food Retail & Distribution” companies have a potential upside of 6.35%. Given Safeway’s peers higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Safeway has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

68.5% of shares of all “Food Retail & Distribution” companies are owned by institutional investors. 14.2% of shares of all “Food Retail & Distribution” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

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 1.01% 7.34% 4.27%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Safeway and its peers 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 562.30

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 8 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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