Analyzing United Natural Foods (NASDAQ:UNFI) & AMCON Distributing (NYSE:DIT)

United Natural Foods (NASDAQ:UNFIGet Rating) and AMCON Distributing (NYSE:DITGet Rating) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, risk, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares United Natural Foods and AMCON Distributing’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
United Natural Foods 0.84% 16.92% 3.34%
AMCON Distributing 0.92% 20.88% 8.43%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

81.3% of United Natural Foods shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 9.5% of AMCON Distributing shares are held by institutional investors. 1.2% of United Natural Foods shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 71.7% of AMCON Distributing shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares United Natural Foods and AMCON Distributing’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
United Natural Foods $26.95 billion 0.10 $149.00 million $3.82 11.76
AMCON Distributing $1.67 billion 0.06 $15.55 million $26.99 6.26

United Natural Foods has higher revenue and earnings than AMCON Distributing. AMCON Distributing is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than United Natural Foods, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for United Natural Foods and AMCON Distributing, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
United Natural Foods 0 0 0 0 N/A
AMCON Distributing 0 0 0 0 N/A

Volatility & Risk

United Natural Foods has a beta of 1.02, suggesting that its share price is 2% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, AMCON Distributing has a beta of 0.77, suggesting that its share price is 23% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

United Natural Foods beats AMCON Distributing on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About United Natural Foods (Get Rating)

United Natural Foods, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, distributes natural, organic, specialty, produce, and conventional grocery and non-food products in the United States and Canada. It operates in two segments, Wholesale and Retail. The company offers grocery and general merchandise, produce, perishables and frozen foods, nutritional supplements and sports nutrition, bulk and foodservice products, and personal care items. It also provides Woodstock brand imports, roasts, packages, and distributes nuts, dried fruits, seeds, trail mixes, granola, natural and organic snack items, and confections. In addition, the company is involved in importing, roasting, packaging, and distributing nuts, dried fruits, seeds, trail mixes, granola, natural and organic snack items, and confections. Further, it offers Blue Marble Brands products through wholesale segment, third-party distributors, and directly to retailers; and Field Day brand products primarily to customers through its independent channel. Additionally, the company provides general merchandise, home, health and beauty care, and pharmacy products, as well as private label products through a network of 74 Cub Foods and Shoppers retail grocery stores; professional services, such as retail store support, advertising, couponing, e-commerce, consumer convenience services, store design, equipment sourcing, electronic payments processing, network and data hosting solutions, and administrative back-office solutions; and marketing services comprising consumer and trade marketing programs, as well as programs to support suppliers in understanding its markets. The company serves chains, independent retailers, and supernatural chains, as well as foodservice, e-commerce, conventional military business, and other sales customers. United Natural Foods, Inc. was founded in 1976 and is headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island.

About AMCON Distributing (Get Rating)

AMCON Distributing Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the wholesale distribution of consumer products in the Central, Rocky Mountain, and Mid-South regions of the United States. It operates through Wholesale Distribution and Retail Health Food segments. The Wholesale Distribution segment distributes consumer products, including cigarettes and tobacco products, candy and other confectionery, beverages, groceries, paper products, health and beauty care products, frozen and refrigerated products, and institutional foodservice products. It serves retailers, such as convenience stores, discount and general merchandise stores, grocery stores, drug stores, liquor stores, tobacco shops, and gas stations; and institutional customers, including restaurants and bars, schools, and sports complexes, as well as other wholesalers. This segment also markets private label lines of water, candy products, batteries, and other products. In addition, the Retail Health Food segment is involved in the retail of natural, organic, and specialty foods consisting of produce, baked goods, frozen foods, nutritional supplements, personal care items, and general merchandise. Further, the company operates twenty retail health food stores under the Chamberlin's Natural Foods, Akin's Natural Foods, and Earth Origins Market brands. AMCON Distributing Company was incorporated in 1986 and is based in Omaha, Nebraska.

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