Analyzing Alimentation Couche-Tard (ANCTF) and Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage (NGVC)

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Alimentation Couche-Tard (OTCMKTS:ANCTF) and Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage (NYSE:NGVC) are both consumer defensive companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, valuation, profitability, institutional ownership and dividends.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Alimentation Couche-Tard and Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Alimentation Couche-Tard N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage $849.04 million 0.47 $12.66 million $0.37 48.11

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage has higher revenue and earnings than Alimentation Couche-Tard.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

38.6% of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage shares are held by institutional investors. 60.0% of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Alimentation Couche-Tard and Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Alimentation Couche-Tard 0 0 0 0 N/A
Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage 1 2 2 0 2.20

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage has a consensus price target of $20.33, indicating a potential upside of 14.23%. Given Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage is more favorable than Alimentation Couche-Tard.

Profitability

This table compares Alimentation Couche-Tard and Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Alimentation Couche-Tard N/A N/A N/A
Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage 1.49% 5.90% 2.75%

Summary

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage beats Alimentation Couche-Tard on 8 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Alimentation Couche-Tard

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. operates and licenses convenience stores. Its convenience stores sell tobacco products, grocery items, beverages, and fresh food offerings; road transportation fuel; and stationary energy, marine fuel, aviation fuel, and chemicals. The company operates its convenience store and road transportation fuel retailing chain under various banners, including Circle K, Couche-Tard, Holiday, Ingo, Mac's, Re.Store, and Topaz. It is also involved in the sale of lottery tickets, calling cards, gift cards, postage stamps, and bus tickets; issuance of money orders; and provision of automatic teller machines, cashing checks, and car wash services. As at April 30, 2018, it operated and licensed 12,740 convenience stores, which include 9,718 company-operated stores in North America, Ireland, Scandinavia, Poland, the Baltics, and Russia, as well as 2,000 stores, which are operated under the Circle K banner in China, Costa Rica, Egypt, Guam, Honduras, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam. The company was formerly known as Actidev Inc. and changed its name to Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. in December 1994. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Laval, Canada.

About Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, retails natural and organic groceries, and dietary supplements in the United States. The company's stores offer natural and organic grocery products, such as organic produce; bulk food and private label products; dry, frozen, and canned groceries; meat and seafood products; dairy products, dairy substitutes, and eggs; prepared foods; bread and baked products; beverages; and beer, wine, and hard cider products. Its stores also provide private label dietary supplements; body care products comprising cosmetics, skin care, hair care, fragrance, and personal care products containing natural and organic ingredients; pet care and food products; books and handouts; and household and general merchandise, including cleaning supplies, paper products, and dish and laundry soaps, as well as other common household products, such as diapers. The company operates its retail stores under the Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage trademark. As of November 8, 2018, it operated 149 stores in 19 states. Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc. was founded in 1955 and is headquartered in Lakewood, Colorado.

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