G Willi-Food International (WILC) vs. United Natural Foods (UNFI) Critical Review

G Willi-Food International (NASDAQ:WILC) and United Natural Foods (NASDAQ:UNFI) are both small-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability and valuation.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares G Willi-Food International and United Natural Foods’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
G Willi-Food International $89.99 million 1.01 $7.21 million N/A N/A
United Natural Foods $10.23 billion 0.11 $165.67 million $3.11 7.36

United Natural Foods has higher revenue and earnings than G Willi-Food International.

Profitability

This table compares G Willi-Food International and United Natural Foods’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
G Willi-Food International 8.88% 6.98% 6.51%
United Natural Foods 1.62% 8.93% 5.24%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for G Willi-Food International and United Natural Foods, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
G Willi-Food International 0 0 0 0 N/A
United Natural Foods 4 11 3 0 1.94

United Natural Foods has a consensus target price of $34.84, suggesting a potential upside of 52.29%. Given United Natural Foods’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe United Natural Foods is more favorable than G Willi-Food International.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

14.1% of G Willi-Food International shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 97.3% of United Natural Foods shares are held by institutional investors. 79.1% of G Willi-Food International shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.4% of United Natural Foods shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

G Willi-Food International has a beta of 0.12, meaning that its stock price is 88% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, United Natural Foods has a beta of 1.6, meaning that its stock price is 60% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

United Natural Foods beats G Willi-Food International on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

G Willi-Food International Company Profile

G. Willi-Food International Ltd. develops, imports, exports, markets, and distributes various food products worldwide. It offers canned vegetables and pickles, including mushrooms, artichoke, beans, asparagus, capers, corn kernels, baby corn, palm hearts, vine leaves, sour pickles, mixed pickled vegetables, pickled peppers, an assortment of olives, garlic, roasted eggplant, and sun and dried tomatoes; and canned fish comprising tuna, sardines, anchovies, smoked and pressed cod liver, herring, fish paste, and salmon. The company also provides canned fruits that include pineapple, peaches, apricots, pears, mangos, cherries, litchis, and fruit cocktail; edible oils comprising olive, sunflower, soybean, corn, and rapeseed oil; dairy and dairy substitutes consisting of cheese, feta, Bulgarian cubes, goat cheese, fetina, butter, butter spreads, margarine, melted cheese, cheese alternatives, condensed milk, whipped cream, and other products; and dried fruits, nuts, and beans, such as figs, apricots and organic apricots, organic chestnuts, sunflower and sesame seeds, walnuts, pine nuts, cashews, banana chips, pistachios, and peanuts. In addition, it offers instant noodle soups, frozen edamame soybeans, freeze dried instant coffee, bagels, breadstick, coffee creamers, lemon juice, halva, Turkish delight, cookies, vinegar, sweet pastry and crackers, sauces, corn flour, rice, rice sticks, pasta, spaghetti and noodles, breakfast cereals, corn flakes, rusks, couscous, tortilla, dried apples snacks, deserts, and light and alcoholic beverages. G. Willi-Food International Ltd. markets its products under the Willi-Food, Donna Rozza, Manchow, Gold Frost, Tifeeret, Say cheese, and Emma brand names. The company was formerly known as G. Willi-Food Ltd. and changed its name to G. Willi-Food International Ltd. in June 1996. The company was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Yavne, Israel. G. Willi-Food International Ltd. is a subsidiary of Willi-Food Investments Ltd.

United Natural Foods Company Profile

United Natural Foods, Inc. engages in the distribution of natural, organic, and specialty foods and non-food products. It operates through the Wholesale and Other segment. The Wholesale segment distributes nutritional supplements, personal care items and organic products. The Others segment includes the sale other activities of the firm. It offers food and non food, frozen, perishables, bulk, body care products and supplements. The company was founded by Michael S. Funk in 1996 and is headquartered in Providence, RI.

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