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The Kroger Co.: Reiterating $42 target price

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Kroger, based in Cincinnati, operated about 2,800 retail supermarkets and multidepartment stores in 35 states at the end of FY21. These stores generated over 90% of the company's $132.5 billion in sales in FY21. KR also operated approximately 170 fine jewelry stores, 1,585 supermarket fuel centers, and 35 food processing plants in the U.S. These plants make about 31% of KR's private-brand units. The company's name plates include Kroger, Ralphs, Fred Meyer, Food 4 Less, King Scoopers, Smith's, Fry's, Dillon's, City Market and Harris Teeter. Some 15% of the supermarkets are in California, 9% are in Ohio and 8% are in Texas. Wal-Mart and Sam's Club are primary competitors in most major markets. KR has pharmacies in about 82% of its food stores. The company has 180 million square feet of supermarket space. KR completed the sale of 782 convenience stores in the first quarter of FY19.

Non-Perishables represented 53% of FY21 sales, Fresh foods were 25%, Supermarket Fuel 7%, Pharmacy 9% and Other 5%.

The company's fiscal year ends on the Saturday closest to January 31.

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SymbolNamePriceMarket CapPE Growth Rate(5Y)Net MarginEPS Growth(1Y)Argus Rating
KRKroger Company (The)37.39N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A

Analyst Profile

Chris Graja, CFA

Senior Analyst: Retail
Chris covers the Consumer sector for Argus. He was the #1 Stock Picker in the Household Durables sector, winning the 2019 StarMine U.S. Analyst award from Refinitiv. He was the #1 Stock Picker in Food and Staples Retailing, winning back-to-back U.S. Analyst Awards in 2015 and 2016. He received a prestigious Volunteer of the Year award from the New York Society of Security Analysts in 2000. Prior to Argus, Chris spent 16 years at Bloomberg Financial Markets. He was the Director of Training and a Senior Researcher for Bloomberg’s research division before joining the new Bloomberg magazine as Technical Studies Editor in 1993. He rose to Executive Markets Editor of the publishing group. Chris co-authored the book “Investing in Small-Cap Stocks,” which was published in three U.S. editions, an audio book, and two Chinese editions. Chris earned an MBA from Rutgers University. He is a CFA charterholder.