• This Grocer Is Heading In The Right Direction

    By ANUP SINGH - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: SWY, SVU, KR

    Safeway (NYSE: SWY) is the second largest supermarket operator in the U.S. after Kroger (NYSE: KR), primarily operating as a food and drug retailer. It has many brands of its own such as Safeway, O Organics, Eating Right, Open Nature, Bright Green, etc. The stock has appreciated a commendable 50% this year but its 2Q2013 results declared last month were mixed as it missed consensus estimates on revenue but more »

  • Can This Grocer Live Up to Its Name?

    By Robert Hanley - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: SVU, KR, WFM

    SUPERVALU’s (NYSE: SVU) name might imply something extraordinary, but its results have been less than extraordinary lately, as it struggles with declining store profitability and too many brands. SUPERVALU's untimely purchase of Albertson’s grocery chains in 2006 almost proved to be the company’s undoing, as it had limited recourse to pay off its debt maturities.

    Fortunately, private equity giant Cerberus and its partners came to the more »

  • This Grocer's Comeback Is on Track

    By ANUP SINGH - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: FDO, SVU, KR

    Wholesale distributor and independent retailer SUPERVALU (NYSE: SVU) recently released its quarterly earnings. The results were better than expected as the company was easily able to beat consensus estimates. 

    If you think that investment in a grocer is not a potentially good use of your money, I think you should reconsider because, according to me, if the company sticks to its plans, it should deliver good returns.

    Let’s take more »

  • Should You Imitate the Insider Purchase at This Grocery Store?

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: SWY, SVU, KR

    Safeway (NYSE: SWY) senior vice president David Bond purchased 5,000 shares of the company’s stock on July 22, according to a Form 4 filed with the SEC. The filing now places Bond’s direct holdings of the grocery store at about 31,000 shares, in addition to about 5,500 shares in his 401k.

    According to Insider Monkey’s analysis, stocks bought by insiders tend to narrowly outperform more »

  • Two Grocers to Buy and One to Sell

    By Phillip Woolgar - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: SVU, SYY, WMT

    The grocery sector has always been extremely competitive, and it is often those who offer the best deals that come out on top. However, the industry is divided into those who cater to the general public, which is usually the middle class, and those who price products for bargain shoppers. Those who market their products to the general public often experience increased revenue as they increase their offerings. The bargain more »

  • What's up With Supermarkets?

    By AnnaLisa Kraft - July 24, 2013 | Tickers: SWY, SVU, KR

    Supervalu (NYSE: SVU), Safeway (NYSE: SWY), and Kroger (NYSE: KR) have been up double and even triple digits in the last year. Supermarkets still have some of the thinnest margins of any industry so one has to wonder: is the party over?

    Go East, young man!

    The excitement over Kroger may be justified as it agreed to acquire Harris Teeter supermarkets, a chain of middle to high end supermarkets located more »

  • This Is No Ordinary Supermarket

    By Robert Baillieul - July 20, 2013 | Tickers: SWY, SVU, KR

    Earlier this week Fool blogger Timothy Green wrote a great piece detailing Kroger's (NYSE: KR) expansion plans. But I can't help but feel he missed a key point when discussing the stock's valuation. Here's a snippet from the post:

    ''Grocery chains have low margins and slow growth, making investing in them usually unappealing. Kroger has seen its share price surge since the middle of 2012, up more »

  • Do These Stocks Belong on Your Grocery List?

    By Ryan Palmer - July 17, 2013 | Tickers: SWY, SVU, KR

    When thinking about where you want to buy your food, the first consideration has to be quality. Nobody wants to buy rancid meat or moldy bread. Thankfully quality standards for food are pretty high in this country, and supermarkets almost never have spoiled food on their shelves.

    After quality, the second biggest factor for practically everyone is price. You want to be sure you're receiving the most bang for more »

  • Will This Grocer’s Upscale Investment Pay Off?

    By Leo Sun - July 11, 2013 | Tickers: HTSI, SWY, SVU, KR, WMT | Editor's Choice

    Kroger (NYSE: KR), the largest grocery chain in the United States, just got even bigger. The Cincinnati, Ohio-based company recently acquired its smaller rival, Harris Teeter (NYSE: HTSI) for $2.4 billion in cash, adding 212 more stores and bringing its total store count up to 2,631.

    Although Kroger has soundly dominated its second and third place grocery rivals, Safeway (NYSE: SWY) and SuperValu (NYSE: SVU), over the past more »

  • These Companies Are Finding It Hard to Handle Debt

    By Rupert Hargreaves - July 1, 2013 | Tickers: BKD, CPN, SVU

    "When you combine ignorance and leverage, you get some pretty interesting results."- Warren Buffett

    Leverage has many definitions and the quote above relates to the investors and speculators who bet more than they could afford on the housing bubble back in 2008. However, this saying can be applied to companies that use leverage in the form of borrowing, to borrow more that they can afford, gearing up balance sheets in more »

  • Is This Speculative Grocery Company A "Super Value"?

    By Matthew Frankel - June 19, 2013 | Tickers: SVU, KR, WMT

    Editor's Note: This initial article stated that Supervalu owns the Shop 'n Save chain; this is incorrect. Shop 'n Save is locally owned and operated with Supervalu supplying the chain. This article has been corrected.

    At one time, Supervalu (NYSE: SVU) was one of the largest and most profitable grocery companies in the United States. However, as a result of stiff competition and bad economic conditions, the company’s more »

  • Loyalty Programs Are Working for This Retailer

    By Gayatri Sharma - June 17, 2013 | Tickers: SWY, SVU, KR

    Safeway (NYSE: SWY) has significantly outperformed the broader markets. Its shares are up 37.50%, as compared to 16% from the greater market. The company is making strides to increase sales through various loyalty program and fuel programs. It's also remodeling its existing stores and pushing private label in an effort to increase profitability.  Based on the data, Safeway is a solid buy.

    New programs

    Safeway focuses on its more »

  • Loyalty Cards and Organic Food Will Drive Growth for This Grocer

    By Ash Sharma - June 14, 2013 | Tickers: SWY, SVU, KR

    The Kroger Company (NYSE: KR) will continue to invest in pricing discounts with its loyalty cards to improve the price positioning of its products. It has a 50% stake in Dunnhumby USA, which will helps it to move ahead with loyalty cards and other strategic plays. The company also focuses on wellness of customers and one of its fastest growing segments -Natural & Organic food- will drive same store sales growth more »

  • Supermarkets: A Super Market?

    By Paul Sangrey - June 11, 2013 | Tickers: SWY, SVU, KR, WFM

    People need to eat.  It's just a fact of life, and as such the supermarket industry fared better than many in the recent downturn. However, several stores still suffered because of longer-term trends. 

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    SuperValu (NYSE: SVU) combines its supermarket business with a wholesale food logistics business. It operates or licenses around 1500 stores, mostly in the budget line Save-A-Lot which has 1,331 stores. The company also operates more »

  • These 4 Positive Trends Could Be Derailed by One Problem

    By Chad Henage - May 31, 2013 | Tickers: SWY, SVU, KR, WMT

    Sometimes one problem with a company can be so significant, that it can offset even multiple positive factors. I wish that I could ignore the problem that looms at Safeway (NYSE: SWY), but it's just too big of a deal. The company is doing better than some in its industry, but management could be making a critical mistake.  

    Best Two Out Of Three? 
    Investors looking for growth and income more »

  • Remind Me Again, Why Would Anyone Own This Stock?

    By Chad Henage - May 31, 2013 | Tickers: SWY, SVU, KR, WMT

    The worst thing that can happen to a company is for consumers to sort of give up on them and say, "who cares." Unfortunately for Supervalu (NYSE: SVU) it seems like their customers have given up.

    The company recently sold the majority of its retail food operations, and this deal was supposed to allow Supervalu to concentrate on its Save-A-Lot business. However, there is just one problem, the Save-A-Lot business more »

  • Two Companies and Solvency: Which Moody's Downgrade is More Likely to Default

    By Michael Nolan - May 17, 2013 | Tickers: CCO, SVU

    With the recent downgrading of two major corporations – Clear Channel (NYSE: CCO) and Supervalu (NYSE: SVU) – by Moody’s (both companies were downgraded to Caa1, or, as defined by Moody’s, “rated as poor quality and very high credit risk,”) which one has potentially worse solvency issues? Which is at higher risk of default? Using three metrics to measure potential solvency issues, we can try to see which company may more »

  • Whole Foods Is Expensive! It's Worth Every Penny

    By Jason Hall - May 13, 2013 | Tickers: HAIN, SWY, SVU, KR, WFM

    After announcing another blowout quarter on May 7, shares of Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM) jumped more than 10% the following day, trading as high as $103 per share on the news:

    • Total sales were up 13%; Same-store sales were up an astounding 6.9%
    • Operating Margin was a record- 7.5%
    • Earnings per share (EPS) increased 19%

    Simply put, the company is firing on all cylinders.  But by just more »

  • Why I'm Not Buying This New Look Company

    By Brian Nichols - April 29, 2013 | Tickers: RAD, SVU

    Prior to Thursday’s 2% loss, shares of SUPERVALU (NYSE: SVU) traded higher by more than 8% on Wednesday after reporting earnings. Strangely enough, the stock actually traded lower by as much as 6.5% before reversing significantly higher. These large gains were not the result of fundamental greatness in the quarter, but rather speculation, and an idea of future greatness.

    SUPERVALU & Its “Plan”

    For FQ4, SUPERVALU saw revenue of more »

  • Is It Safe to Buy Safeway?

    By Leo Sun - April 29, 2013 | Tickers: HAWK, SWY, SVU, KR

    Shares of Safeway (NYSE: SWY), the second largest supermarket chain in North America, were slammed on April 25 after the company reported an increase in earnings on flat revenue growth for the first quarter.

    Did investors completely overreact to its admittedly lackluster earnings report? Is this an opportunity for value investors to load up on shares of this grocer, which has consistently played second fiddle to market leader Kroger (NYSE: KRmore »)

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