- Kroger owns other grocery brands and chains, including Ralphs and Food 4 Less.
- Kroger recently announced its online grocery shopping option.
- The grocery company operates nearly 2,800 stores in 35 states.
Grocery retailer Kroger is known for its chains like Food 4 Less and Ralphs, as well as its product lines under brands such as Private Selection and Simple Truth. The company has 17 subsidiaries and operates nearly 2,800 stores across 35 states, making it a big part of many consumers’ lives and meal plans. And thanks to a new grocery-focused partnership with Walgreens, the grocer’s online presence is about to get even bigger.
Kroger and Walgreens Team Up Against Amazon
Kroger and Walgreens are experimenting with an order pickup system that will allow Kroger shoppers to pick up groceries at 13 Walgreens locations. The purpose of the partnership is to remain competitive against retail titans like Amazon and Walmart, which also offer customers some form of order pickup and delivery.
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The partnership is mutually beneficial: Walgreens’ sales for household products are lacking, and Kroger is looking to boost its overall service and selection, according to CNBC. Kroger has also been positioning itself to square up against Amazon’s Prime Pantry service through its own delivery service for food and other essentials, Kroger Ship. If the Kroger-Walgreens partnership goes well, the former could sell its extant pharmacy business, with Walgreens possibly operating its pharmacies in Kroger stores.
While the partnership might sound promising, Kroger’s stock has hit some bumps this year, including a drop in value after reaching lower sales numbers than expected for the second quarter of 2018, although the company exceeded earnings expectations overall. Here are some other points to help you decide if you should invest in Kroger.
|What Kroger Is Worth|
|Kroger Share Price, 52-Week Range||$20.21-$32.74|
|Kroger Market Cap, 52-Week Range||$16.1B-$26.1B|
|GOBankingRates’ Evaluation of Kroger Net Worth||$74.8B|
|All information on 52-week range accurate as of Oct. 5, 2018.|
|CEO Rodney McMullen Salary||$1.3M|
Kroger Market Cap Range: $16.1B-$26.1B
Market capitalization is determined by the total dollar value of a company’s outstanding shares, which helps investors determine the relative size of a company. Kroger’s market cap range, with a 52-week high of $26.1 billion, reflects how the market as a whole values the company.
The relatively narrow range indicates stock stability, although Kroger’s sales trend might forecast a bigger valuation in the future. The company enjoyed a more than $10 billion increase in revenue between 2015 and 2017.
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Kroger Net Worth: $74.8B
Although market cap can give you a sense of how much the market values a company, it’s not strictly accurate because it’s based on market sentiment — essentially reflecting the frequently changing opinions of investors. The GOBankingRates Evaluation of a company’s value, on the other hand, calculates a company’s net worth based on measurable figures like assets and revenue. It’s a more conservative valuation than the market value, taking into account full-year profits and revenue from the last three years, as well as the company’s assets and debts.
Based on Kroger’s revenue and profits from the last three years, the company is worth just under $75 billion.
Kroger Handles About a Sixth of the Grocery Industry’s Sales
Kroger history begins in 1883, when Barney Kroger used his life savings of $372 to open a grocery store. Fast-forward more than 130 years, and Kroger’s thousands of stores now contribute to a grocery market that saw more than $682 billion in sales in 2017. The company’s brands account for more than $115.3 billion in annual sales.
Like many companies, Kroger has grown through partnerships and acquisitions. Its biggest merger happened in 1999, when it joined forces with Fred Meyer Inc. A more recent merger occurred in May 2018, when Kroger ate up meal kit service company Home Chef.
Should You Invest in Kroger Stock?
The company announced its Restock Kroger plan in October 2017, the goal of which is to boost the overall revenue and capital of Kroger. Kroger’s sales have been lacking, though, despite a big return in revenue. Still, most analysts seem encouraged by Kroger’s partnerships, with many recommending to hold on to, or even buy, the stock to see if it appreciates.
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Methodology: The GOBankingRates Evaluation assesses a company’s net worth based on the company’s total assets, total liabilities, and revenue and net income from the last three years. Base value is established by subtracting total liabilities from total assets from the company’s last full fiscal year. Income value is established by taking the average of the revenue from the last three full fiscal years, plus 10 times the average of the net profits from the last three full fiscal years, and then calculating the average of those two figures. The final GOBankingRates Evaluation number is the sum of the base value and the income value.