Head to Head Survey: SpartanNash (SPTN) and Winn-Dixie Stores (WINN)

SpartanNash (NASDAQ: SPTN) and Winn-Dixie Stores (NASDAQ:WINN) are both small-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, risk, dividends and earnings.


This table compares SpartanNash and Winn-Dixie Stores’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SpartanNash -0.65% 10.08% 3.71%
Winn-Dixie Stores N/A N/A N/A

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares SpartanNash and Winn-Dixie Stores’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SpartanNash $8.13 billion 0.08 -$52.84 million ($1.42) -13.35
Winn-Dixie Stores N/A N/A N/A ($0.24) N/A

Winn-Dixie Stores has lower revenue, but higher earnings than SpartanNash. SpartanNash is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Winn-Dixie Stores, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

89.7% of SpartanNash shares are held by institutional investors. 3.0% of SpartanNash shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for SpartanNash and Winn-Dixie Stores, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SpartanNash 1 4 1 0 2.00
Winn-Dixie Stores 0 0 0 0 N/A

SpartanNash currently has a consensus target price of $22.20, suggesting a potential upside of 17.09%.


SpartanNash pays an annual dividend of $0.66 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.5%. Winn-Dixie Stores does not pay a dividend. SpartanNash pays out -46.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


SpartanNash beats Winn-Dixie Stores on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About SpartanNash

SpartanNash Company is a multi-regional grocery distributor and grocery retailer. The Company’s core businesses include distributing grocery products to independent grocery retailers (independent retailers), select national retailers, its corporate owned retail stores, and the United States military commissaries. The Company operates through three segments: Food Distribution, Military and Retail. The Food Distribution segment provides a range of nationally branded and private brand grocery products and perishable food products to independent retailers, food service distributors and its corporate owned retail stores. The Military segment contracts with manufacturers to distribute a range of grocery products primarily to military commissaries and exchanges located in the United States, the District of Columbia, Europe, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Bahrain and Egypt. As of December 31, 2016, the Retail segment operated 157 corporate owned retail stores in the Midwest and Great Lakes regions.

About Winn-Dixie Stores

Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. operates as a food retailer in five states in the southeastern United States. The Company operated 484 retail stores, with four fuel centers and 75 liquor stores. In support of its stores, the Company operated six distribution centers. All of the Company’s stores offer grocery, dairy, frozen food, meat, seafood, produce, deli, bakery, floral, health and beauty, and other general merchandise items. Certain stores offer pharmacies, distilled spirits and fuel. The Company offers national brands, as well as many of its own private-label products. These products are delivered from its distribution centers or directly to stores from manufacturers and wholesalers. During the fiscal year ended June 29, 2011 (fiscal 2011), the Company closed 30 non-remodeled, underperforming stores.

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