Thursday, November 24, 2011

Retail Grocery Stores On The Stock Market

As we sit down today and enjoy all that delicious food recently purchased from a grocery store or obtained from a food bank lets look at grocery stores listed on the stock market. The stock market is always a mystery to me and for some reason beyond general economics, the retail publicly traded grocery stores stock prices are down. A good thing if you are bottom feeding for stock. I always like to include a few grocery stores in my portfolio, as long as they pay a dividend. Maybe you want to look at them if you have any money to invest prior to Christmas.

Koninklijke Ahold NV (Ticket Code: AHONY) Present $12.21 down from a high of $14.34 is a Netherlands-based retail group. Through its subsidiaries the Company operates supermarkets, liquor stores and drugstores in the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Sweden, Norway and the United States. Through its USA division, the Company runs the Stop & Shop, Giant Landover, Giant Carlisle and Martin's supermarket chains, as well as the Peapod.com home shopping and grocery delivery service.

American Consumers, Inc. (Ticket Code: ANCS ) Present $0.60 down from a high of $ 2.25, operates eight supermarkets within a geographical area that comprises Northwest Georgia, Northeast Alabama, and Southeast Tennessee. All of the Company's supermarkets are operated under the name Shop-Rite.

Arden Group, Inc. (Ticket Code: ARDNA ) Present $87.30 down from a high of $97.46, is a holding company, which conducts operations through its wholly owned subsidiary, Arden-Mayfair, Inc. (Arden-Mayfair) and Arden-Mayfair's wholly owned subsidiary, Gelson's Markets (Gelson's), which operates 18 full-service supermarkets in Southern California. As of January 1, 2011, Gelson's had approximately 1,222 full-time and 860 part-time store, warehouse and office employees.

Delhaize Group (Ticket Code: DEG ) Present $55.14 down from a high of $88.86, is a Belgium-based food retailer. The Company is principally engaged in the operation of supermarkets in Belgium, the United States (Southeast and Mid-Atlantic as well as Northeast and Sweetbay in Florida) and Greece, with smaller operations in Romania and Indonesia.. The Company operates: Food Lion, Bottom Dollar Food, Harveys, Bloom and Hannaford supermarkets in the United States.

The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, Inc. (A&P) (Ticket Code GAPTQ ) Present $0.05 down from a high of $3.49 is engaged in the retail food business. The Company operated 429 stores averaging approximately 42,200 square feet per store as of February 27, 2010. Operating under the trade names A&P, Super Fresh, , Waldbaum's, Super Foodmart, Food Basics, The Food Emporium, Best Cellars, Best Cellars at A&P, Pathmark and Pathmark Sav-A-Center. In December 2010, the Company announced that it has filed a voluntary petition under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code with the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York

Ingles Markets, Incorporated (Ingles) (Ticket Code: IMKTA ) Present $14.21 down from a high of $20.45, is a supermarket chain in the southeast United States. As of September 25, 2010, the Company operated 202 supermarkets, including 73 in Georgia, 69 in North Carolina, 36 in South Carolina, 21 in Tennessee, two in Virginia and one in Alabama.

The Kroger Co. (Ticket Code :KR) Present $20.45 down from a high of $25.85, is a retailer in the United States The Company operated 2,460 supermarket and multi-department stores under banners, which included Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Jay C, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry's, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith's. In addition to the supermarkets, as of January 29, 2011, the Company operated through subsidiaries 784 convenience stores and 361 fine jewelry stores.

Publix Super Markets, Inc. (Ticket Code : PUSH ) Present $15.50 down from a high of $17.00 operating retail food supermarkets in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Ruddick Corporation (Ticket Code : RDK ) Present $39.08 down from a high of $46.00 is a holding company that through its wholly owned subsidiaries, is engaged in two businesses: Harris Teeter, Inc. (Harris Teeter), which operates a regional chain of supermarkets in eight states in the southeastern and mid-Atlantic United States, including the District of Columbia, and American & Efird, Inc. (A&E) manufactures and distributes industrial sewing thread, embroidery thread and technical textiles on a global basis. A&E is a global manufacturer and distributor of sewing thread for the apparel and other markets, embroidery thread and technical textiles. During the fiscal year ended October 3, 2010 (fiscal 2010), Harris Teeter opened 13 new stores and closed three stores for a net of 10 additional stores. In November 2011, it sold American & Efird business to KPS Capital Partners, LP.

Spartan Stores, Inc. (Ticket Code : SPTN ) Present $16.60 down from a high of $21.37 is a regional grocery distributor and grocery retailer, operating principally in Michigan and Indiana. The Company operates in two business segments: Distribution and Retail. Spartan Stores distributes a variety of products to approximately 375 independent grocery stores and operates 97 conventional supermarkets.

SUPERVALU INC. (Ticket Code : SVU ) Present $7.23 down from a high of $11.77 is a United States grocery channel. SUPERVALU conducts its retail operations under the Acme, Albertsons, Cub Foods, Farm Fresh, Hornbacher's, Jewel-Osco, Lucky, Shaw's, Shop 'n Save, Shoppers Food & Pharmacy and Star Market banners. During the fiscal year ended February 26, 2011, the Company added 132 stores through store development and closed or sold 87 stores, including planned disposals.

Safeway Inc. (Ticket Code : SWY ) Present $18.37 down from a high of $25.43 is a food and drug retailer in North America. As of January 1, 2011, the Company had 1,694 stores. Safeway owns and operates GroceryWorks.com Operating Company, LLC (GroceryWorks), an online grocery channel doing business under the names Safeway.com, Vons.com and Genuardis.com (collectively Safeway.com). Safeway also has a 49% ownership interest in Casa Ley, S.A. de C.V. (Casa Ley), which operates 168 food and general merchandise stores in Western Mexico.

Village Super Market, Inc. (Ticket Code : :VLGEA ) Present $28.96 down from a high of $33.99 operated a chain of 26 ShopRite supermarkets, 17 of which are located in northern New Jersey, one in northeastern Pennsylvania and eight in southern New Jersey. The Company is a member of Wakefern Food Corporation (Wakefern), the retailer-owned food cooperative and owner of the ShopRite name.

Whole Foods Market, Inc. (Ticket Code : WFM ) Present $63.23 down from a high of $74.45 is a natural and organic foods supermarket. The Company has one operating segment, natural and organic foods supermarkets. As of September 26, 2010, the Company operated 299 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom

Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. (Ticket Code : :WINN ) Present $5.43 down from a high of $10.08 operates as a food retailer in five states in the southeastern United States. The Company operated 484 retail stores, with four fuel centers and 75 liquor stores. During the fiscal year ended June 29, 2011 (fiscal 2011), the Company closed 30 non-remodeled, underperforming stores.

Weis Markets, Inc. (Ticket Code : WMK ) Present $37.98 down from a high of $42.20 is engaged principally in the retail sale of food in Pennsylvania and surrounding states. As of December 25, 2010, the Company operated 24 stores in Maryland, three stores in New Jersey, 12 stores in New York, 120 stores in Pennsylvania and two stores in West Virginia, for a total of 161 retail food stores operating under the Weis Markets trade name. The Company also operated one Save-A-Lot and two Scot's Lo-Cost retail food stores in Pennsylvania.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Ticket Code : WMT ) Present $56.64 down from a high of $59.40 operates retail stores in various formats worldwide.

2 comments:

swampcritter2 said...

Howard,
A couple of years ago I attended a class on the stock market and how it works. Although I was familiar to some extent with the stock market, the most important thing I learned was how people in the financial world think.
One thing I did learn was that investing in supermarket chains is not a good long term strategy as they offer a poor return on dollars invested. I was told this by the man who was teaching the class. Coincidentally, the man is now my stockbroker.

Howard said...

I feel comfortable with grocery stores. Like any stock you need to watch and follow them. The ones I have traded I have made money and a dividend from them with the exception of winn dixie which went bankrupt a couple of years back. The Winn Dixie loss was my mistake for not believing it would happen plus it never fit my criteria for a stock purchase - it was just cheap price wise and like I said I didn't think they would actually go bankrupt. Just go to show if you have a plan stick to it and don't jump for the quick buck.