Contrasting Ingles Markets, (IMKTA) and Its Competitors

Ingles Markets, (NASDAQ: IMKTA) is one of 17 publicly-traded companies in the “Supermarkets & Convenience Stores” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Ingles Markets, to related businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, profitability, earnings, risk and analyst recommendations.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

58.9% of Ingles Markets, shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 49.3% of shares of all “Supermarkets & Convenience Stores” companies are owned by institutional investors. 30.3% of Ingles Markets, shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 30.1% of shares of all “Supermarkets & Convenience Stores” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Ingles Markets, and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Ingles Markets, $3.79 billion $54.18 million 9.79
Ingles Markets, Competitors $65.09 billion $1.78 billion 462.10

Ingles Markets,’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Ingles Markets,. Ingles Markets, 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.

Profitability

This table compares Ingles Markets, and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ingles Markets, 1.26% 10.08% 2.86%
Ingles Markets, Competitors 1.25% 8.15% 3.29%

Dividends

Ingles Markets, pays an annual dividend of $0.66 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.8%. Ingles Markets, pays out 27.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Supermarkets & Convenience Stores” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.9% and pay out 55.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Ingles Markets, is clearly a better dividend stock than its rivals, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Volatility and Risk

Ingles Markets, has a beta of 0.67, meaning that its share price is 33% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ingles Markets,’s rivals have a beta of 0.88, meaning that their average share price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Ingles Markets, and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ingles Markets, 0 0 0 0 N/A
Ingles Markets, Competitors 290 1087 805 35 2.26

As a group, “Supermarkets & Convenience Stores” companies have a potential upside of 4.79%. Given Ingles Markets,’s rivals higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Ingles Markets, has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Ingles Markets, Company Profile

Ingles Markets, Incorporated (Ingles) is a supermarket chain in the southeast United States. The Company’s segments include retail grocery and other. Its other segment consists of fluid dairy operations and shopping center rentals. As of September 24, 2016, the Company operated 201 supermarkets in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Alabama. The Company locates its supermarkets primarily in suburban areas, small towns and rural communities. Ingles supermarkets offer customers a range of food products, including grocery, meat and dairy products, produce, frozen foods and other perishables and non-food products. Its non-food products include fuel centers, pharmacies, health and beauty care products and general merchandise. The Company focuses on selling products to its customers through the development of organic products, bakery departments and prepared foods, including delicatessen sections.

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