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Solid Start to Fiscal 2022 Shows Kroger’s Strength Amid Inflation; Shares Trade Fairly

Zain Akbari, CFA Equity Analyst

Analyst Note

| Zain Akbari, CFA |

Our $47.50 per share valuation of narrow-moat Kroger should not change much after it announced first-quarter earnings (including 4% identical sales growth, excluding fuel; period ended May 21) that leave it poised to meet our full-year targets. We believe Kroger’s private label prowess and omnichannel strength should serve it well in an unsettled economic environment and still expect low-single-digit revenue growth and adjusted operating margins on average over the next decade. We suggest prospective investors seek a greater margin of safety before building a position.

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The Kroger Co's Company Profile

Business Description

Kroger is the leading American grocer, with 2,726 supermarkets operating under several banners throughout the country as of the end of fiscal 2021. Around 83% of stores have pharmacies, while nearly 60% also sell fuel. The company also operates roughly 120 fine jewelry stores. Kroger features a leading private-label offering and manufactures around 30% of its own-brand units (and more than 40% of its grocery own-label assortment) itself, in 33 food production plants nationwide. Kroger is a top-two grocer in most of its major markets (as of early 2021, according to company data). Virtually all of Kroger's sales come from the United States.

1014 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH, 45202
T +1 513 762-4000
Sector Consumer Defensive
Industry Grocery Stores
Most Recent Earnings Apr 30, 2022
Fiscal Year End Jan 28, 2023
Stock Type Slow Growth
Employees 420,000

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