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Financial Review: PetMed Express (NASDAQ:PETS) and Rite Aid Corporation (RAD)

PetMed Express (NASDAQ: PETS) and Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE:RAD) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, profitabiliy, analyst recommendations, dividends and risk. Dividends

PetMed Express pays an annual dividend of £0.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Rite Aid Corporation does not pay a dividend. PetMed Express pays out 61.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability This table compares PetMed Express and Rite Aid Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
PetMed Express 10.34% 28.67% 24.50%
Rite Aid Corporation -0.21% 0.52% 0.03%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

78.4% of PetMed Express shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 56.4% of Rite Aid Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors.

4.0% of PetMed Express shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.3% of Rite Aid Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility PetMed Express has a beta of 0.99, indicating that its share price is 1% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Rite Aid Corporation has a beta of 1.82, indicating that its share price is 82% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation This table compares PetMed Express and Rite Aid Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
PetMed Express £256.35 million 3.79 £43.21 million £1.30 36.87
Rite Aid Corporation £32.44 billion 0.08 £999.93 million (£0.07) -34.85

Rite Aid Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than PetMed Express. Rite Aid Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than PetMed Express, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for PetMed Express and Rite Aid Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
PetMed Express 1 2 1 0 2.00
Rite Aid Corporation 2 3 2 0 2.00

PetMed Express presently has a consensus target price of £33.50, suggesting a potential downside of 30.11%. Rite Aid Corporation has a consensus target price of £4.19, suggesting a potential upside of 71.79%.

Given Rite Aid Corporation’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Rite Aid Corporation is more favorable than PetMed Express. Summary PetMed Express beats Rite Aid Corporation on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About PetMed Express PetMed Express logoPetMed Express, Inc. (PetMed Express), doing business as 1800PetMeds, is a pet pharmacy. The Company markets prescription and non-prescription pet medications, and other health products for dogs and cats, direct to the consumer.

It offers a selection of products for dogs and cats. Its product line contains approximately 3,000 stock keeping units (SKUS) of pet medications, health products and supplies. Its products include brands of medication, such as Frontline Plus, K9 Advantix II, Advantage II, Heartgard Plus, Sentinel, Revolution and Rimadyl.

It also offers additional pet supplies for sale on its Website, which are drop shipped to its customers by third parties. These pet supplies include food, beds, crates, stairs, strollers and other pet supplies. Its products included Non-Prescription Medications (Over the Counter (OTC)) and supplies, and Prescription Medications (Rx).

Its customers are located in California, Florida, Texas, New York, Virginia and Georgia, among others. About Rite Aid Corporation Rite Aid Corporation logoRite Aid Corporation is a retail drugstore chain.

The Company’s segments include Retail Pharmacy and Pharmacy Services. The Company operates under The Rite Aid name. It operates approximately 4,560 stores in over 30 states across the country and in the District of Columbia.

The Company’s Retail Pharmacy segment consists of Rite Aid stores, RediClinic and Health Dialog. It sells brand and generic prescription drugs, as well as an assortment of front-end products, including health and beauty aids, personal care products, seasonal merchandise, and a private brand product line. Its front-end products include over-the-counter medications, health and beauty aids, personal care items, cosmetics, household items, food and beverages, greeting cards, seasonal merchandise and numerous other everyday and convenience products.

The Company’s Pharmacy Services segment consists of EnvisionRx, which provides a range of pharmacy benefit services.

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