Financial Analysis: Casey’s General Stores (CASY) versus Alimentation Couche-Tard (ANCUF)

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Alimentation Couche-Tard (OTCMKTS:ANCUF) and Casey’s General Stores (NASDAQ:CASY) are both consumer defensive companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, valuation, dividends and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Alimentation Couche-Tard and Casey’s General Stores, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Alimentation Couche-Tard 0 0 0 0 N/A
Casey’s General Stores 0 6 5 0 2.45

Casey’s General Stores has a consensus price target of $132.33, indicating a potential upside of 4.90%. Given Casey’s General Stores’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Casey’s General Stores is more favorable than Alimentation Couche-Tard.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Alimentation Couche-Tard and Casey’s General Stores’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) 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
Casey’s General Stores $8.39 billion 0.55 $317.90 million $3.81 33.11

Casey’s General Stores has higher revenue and earnings than Alimentation Couche-Tard.

Profitability

This table compares Alimentation Couche-Tard and Casey’s General Stores’ 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
Casey’s General Stores 2.14% 14.89% 5.61%

Dividends

Casey’s General Stores pays an annual dividend of $1.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Alimentation Couche-Tard does not pay a dividend. Casey’s General Stores pays out 30.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Casey’s General Stores has increased its dividend for 16 consecutive years.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

88.5% of Casey’s General Stores shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.7% of Casey’s General Stores shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Casey’s General Stores beats Alimentation Couche-Tard on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Alimentation Couche-Tard Company Profile

Alimentation Couche-Tard, Inc. engages in the operation of independent convenience stores. It sells goods for immediate consumption, road transportation fuel, and other products mainly through company-operated stores and franchises stores. It operates under several banners, including Circle K, Corner Stone, Couche-Tard, Holiday, Ingo, Mac’s, Re.Store, and Topaz. The company was founded by Alain Bouchard, Jacques D’Amours, Richard Fortin, and RĂ©al Plourde in 1980 and is headquartered in Laval, Canada.

Casey’s General Stores Company Profile

Casey's General Stores, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates convenience stores under the Casey's and Casey's General Store names. The company's stores offer a selection of food, including freshly prepared foods, such as pizza, donuts, and sandwiches; beverage and tobacco products; health and beauty aids; automotive products; school supplies, housewares, and pet supplies; and other nonfood items. Its stores also provide fuel for sale on a self-service basis. In addition, the company operates two stores under the Tobacco City name primarily selling tobacco products; and one grocery store. As of November 20, 2018, it operated a total of 2,097 stores. Casey's General Stores, Inc. was founded in 1959 and is headquartered in Ankeny, Iowa.

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