WOOLWORTHS HOLD/GDR (WLWHY) & Macy’s (M) Financial Comparison

Macy’s (NYSE:M) and WOOLWORTHS HOLD/GDR (OTCMKTS:WLWHY) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, risk, profitability and dividends.


This table compares Macy’s and WOOLWORTHS HOLD/GDR’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Macy’s 6.65% 23.55% 6.53%


Macy’s pays an annual dividend of $1.51 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.0%. WOOLWORTHS HOLD/GDR does not pay a dividend. Macy’s pays out 40.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Macy’s has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

91.3% of Macy’s shares are held by institutional investors. 2.4% of Macy’s 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.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Macy’s and WOOLWORTHS HOLD/GDR’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Macy’s $24.84 billion 0.47 $1.55 billion $3.77 10.02

Macy’s has higher revenue and earnings than WOOLWORTHS HOLD/GDR.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Macy’s and WOOLWORTHS HOLD/GDR, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Macy’s 2 10 7 0 2.26

Macy’s presently has a consensus price target of $34.50, indicating a potential downside of 8.71%. Given Macy’s’ higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Macy’s is more favorable than WOOLWORTHS HOLD/GDR.


Macy’s beats WOOLWORTHS HOLD/GDR on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Macy’s Company Profile

Macy's, Inc., an omni-channel retail organization, operates stores, Websites, and mobile applications. The company sells a range of merchandise, such as apparel and accessories for men, women, and children; cosmetics; home furnishings; and other consumer goods. As of April 4, 2018, it operated approximately 690 department stores under the Macy's and Bloomingdale's brands; 160 specialty stores under the Bloomingdale's The Outlet, Bluemercury, and Macy's Backstage brands in the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico; and Websites, including macys.com, bloomingdales.com, and bluemercury.com. The company also operates as a beauty products and spa retailer. The company was formerly known as Federated Department Stores, Inc. and changed its name to Macy's, Inc. in June 2007. Macy's, Inc. was founded in 1830 and is based in Cincinnati, Ohio.


Woolworths Holdings Limited, through its subsidiaries, operates a chain of retail stores in Sub-Saharan Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and internationally. It operates in seven segments: Woolworths Clothing and General Merchandise, Woolworths Food, Woolworths Logistics, David Jones, Country Road Group, Woolworths Financial Services, and Treasury. The company offers clothing, homeware, beauty, and other lifestyle products, as well as operates as a department store clothing retailer. It also provides financial products and services, such as store cards, credit cards, personal loans, and short-term insurance. In addition, the company is involved in cash and debt management, property development, and logistics activities. It operates approximately 1,400 stores. Woolworths Holdings Limited was founded in 1931 and is headquartered in Cape Town, South Africa.

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