Metro Inc. operates as a retailer, franchisor, distributor, and manufacturer in the food and pharmaceutical sectors in Canada.
Proven track record with mediocre balance sheet.
Share Price & News
How has Metro's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?
Latest Share Price and Events
Stable Share Price: MRU has not had significant price volatility in the past 3 months.
7 Day Return
CA Consumer Retailing
1 Year Return
CA Consumer Retailing
Return vs Industry: MRU exceeded the Canadian Consumer Retailing industry which returned -0.7% over the past year.
Return vs Market: MRU exceeded the Canadian Market which returned -8.6% over the past year.
Price Volatility Vs. Market
How volatile is Metro's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?
Simply Wall St News
1 day ago | Simply Wall StIs Metro Inc. (TSE:MRU) Overpaying Its CEO?
1 week ago | Simply Wall StHere's Why Metro (TSE:MRU) Can Manage Its Debt Responsibly
3 weeks ago | Simply Wall StThere's A Lot To Like About Metro Inc.'s (TSE:MRU) Upcoming CA$0.23 Dividend
Is Metro undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?
Undervalued compared to fair value
Share Price vs. Fair Value
Below Fair Value: MRU (CA$56.15) is trading below our estimate of fair value (CA$59.96)
Significantly Below Fair Value: MRU is trading below fair value, but not by a significant amount.
Price To Earnings Ratio
PE vs Industry: MRU is poor value based on its PE Ratio (19.4x) compared to the Consumer Retailing industry average (15.4x).
PE vs Market: MRU is poor value based on its PE Ratio (19.4x) compared to the Canadian market (13.2x).
Price to Earnings Growth Ratio
PEG Ratio: MRU is poor value based on its PEG Ratio (15.5x)
Price to Book Ratio
PB vs Industry: MRU is overvalued based on its PB Ratio (2.4x) compared to the CA Consumer Retailing industry average (1.7x).
How is Metro forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 9 analysts?
Forecasted annual earnings growth
Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts
Analyst Future Growth Forecasts
Earnings vs Savings Rate: MRU's forecast earnings growth (1.2% per year) is below the savings rate (1.7%).
Earnings vs Market: MRU's earnings (1.2% per year) are forecast to grow slower than the Canadian market (24.1% per year).
High Growth Earnings: MRU's earnings are forecast to grow, but not significantly.
Revenue vs Market: MRU's revenue (0.5% per year) is forecast to grow slower than the Canadian market (5.8% per year).
High Growth Revenue: MRU's revenue (0.5% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.
Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts
Future Return on Equity
Future ROE: Insufficient data to determine if MRU's Return on Equity is forecast to be high in 3 years time
How has Metro performed over the past 5 years?
Historical annual earnings growth
Earnings and Revenue History
Quality Earnings: MRU has high quality earnings.
Growing Profit Margin: MRU's current net profit margins (4.3%) are higher than last year (4%).
Past Earnings Growth Analysis
Earnings Trend: MRU's earnings have grown by 12.5% per year over the past 5 years.
Accelerating Growth: MRU's earnings growth over the past year (15.5%) exceeds its 5-year average (12.5% per year).
Earnings vs Industry: MRU earnings growth over the past year (15.5%) underperformed the Consumer Retailing industry 36.3%.
Return on Equity
High ROE: MRU's Return on Equity (12.4%) is considered low.
How is Metro's financial position?
Financial Position Analysis
Short Term Liabilities: MRU's short term assets (CA$2.2B) exceed its short term liabilities (CA$1.6B).
Long Term Liabilities: MRU's short term assets (CA$2.2B) do not cover its long term liabilities (CA$5.4B).
Debt to Equity History and Analysis
Debt Level: MRU's debt to equity ratio (44.4%) is considered high.
Reducing Debt: MRU's debt to equity ratio has increased from 34.4% to 44.4% over the past 5 years.
Debt Coverage: MRU's debt is well covered by operating cash flow (40.8%).
Interest Coverage: MRU's interest payments on its debt are well covered by EBIT (9.8x coverage).
What is Metro's current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?
Current Dividend Yield
Dividend Yield vs Market
Notable Dividend: MRU's dividend (1.6%) isn’t notable compared to the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the Canadian market (1.93%).
High Dividend: MRU's dividend (1.6%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the Canadian market (6.04%).
Stability and Growth of Payments
Stable Dividend: MRU's dividends per share have been stable in the past 10 years.
Growing Dividend: MRU's dividend payments have increased over the past 10 years.
Current Payout to Shareholders
Dividend Coverage: With its reasonably low payout ratio (29.4%), MRU's dividend payments are well covered by earnings.
Future Payout to Shareholders
Future Dividend Coverage: Insufficient data to determine if a dividend will be paid in 3 years and that it will be covered by earnings.
How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?
Average management tenure
Eric La Flèche (57yo)
Mr. Eric Richer La Flèche has been the Chief Executive Officer and President of Metro Inc. since April 1, 2008. Mr. La Fleche served as the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Metro fro ...
CEO Compensation Analysis
Compensation vs Market: Eric's total compensation ($USD3.70M) is below average for companies of similar size in the Canadian market ($USD6.86M).
Compensation vs Earnings: Eric's compensation has been consistent with company performance over the past year.
|Executive VP||7.83yrs||CA$1.73m||0.011% CA$1.6m|
|Senior Vice President of National Procurement and Corporate Brands||no data||CA$957.00k||0.010% CA$1.4m|
|Executive VP and Head of Ontario Division & National Supply Chain||5.75yrs||CA$2.12m||0.0091% CA$1.3m|
|VP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary||no data||no data||0.0082% CA$1.2m|
|Vice President of Public Affairs & Communications||2.42yrs||no data||0.00052% CA$73.8k|
|Vice President of Marketing||no data||no data||0.00032% CA$45.4k|
|Vice President of Human Resources||no data||no data||0.0053% CA$756.1k|
|Senior Vice President of Store Operations - Ontario Division||no data||no data||no data|
|Executive VP and Head of Quebec Division & E-Commerce||0.75yr||no data||0.0051% CA$719.2k|
Experienced Management: MRU's management team is seasoned and experienced (5.8 years average tenure).
|Independent Director||4.42yrs||CA$110.00k||0.00015% CA$21.3k|
|Independent Director||14.42yrs||CA$110.00k||0.0053% CA$757.5k|
|Independent Chairman||5.42yrs||CA$250.00k||0.0071% CA$1.0m|
|Independent Director||15.42yrs||CA$130.00k||0.0047% CA$673.8k|
|Independent Director||5.42yrs||CA$120.00k||0.0034% CA$486.6k|
|Independent Director||8.42yrs||CA$135.00k||0.0032% CA$455.4k|
|Independent Director||4.42yrs||CA$116.69k||0.0013% CA$188.7k|
|Independent Director||5.42yrs||CA$110.00k||0.00040% CA$56.7k|
|Independent Director||6.42yrs||CA$120.00k||0.00036% CA$51.1k|
Experienced Board: MRU's board of directors are considered experienced (5.9 years average tenure).
Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?
Insider Trading Volume
Insider Buying: MRU insiders have bought more shares than they have sold in the past 3 months.
Recent Insider Transactions
Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.
Metro Inc.'s company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources
- Name: Metro Inc.
- Ticker: MRU
- Exchange: TSX
- Founded: 1947
- Industry: Food Retail
- Sector: Consumer Retailing
- Market Cap: CA$14.186b
- Shares outstanding: 252.65m
- Website: https://corpo.metro.ca
Number of Employees
- Metro Inc.
- 11011 Maurice-Duplessis Boulevard
- H1C 1V6
|Ticker||Exchange||Primary Security||Security Type||Country||Currency||Listed on|
|MRU||TSX (The Toronto Stock Exchange)||Yes||Common Shares||CA||CAD||Aug 1988|
|62M||DB (Deutsche Boerse AG)||Yes||Common Shares||DE||EUR||Aug 1988|
|MTRA.F||OTCPK (Pink Sheets LLC)||Yes||Common Shares||US||USD||Aug 1988|
Metro Inc. operates as a retailer, franchisor, distributor, and manufacturer in the food and pharmaceutical sectors in Canada. It operates food stores, including supermarkets and discount stores that provide fresh and grocery products, baked goods, prepared foods, meats, general merchandise, non-perishable goods, dairy products, fruits and vegetables, frozen foods, bakery products, pastries, and deli products, as well as Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern products; and drug stores and pharmacies. As of January 29, 2020, the company operated a network of approximately 950 food stores under various banners, including Metro, Metro Plus, Super C, Food Basics, Adonis, and Première Moisson, as well as approximately 650 drugstores primarily under the Jean Coutu, Brunet, Metro Pharmacy, and Food Basics Pharmacy banners. It also manufactures generic drugs; and provides online grocery shopping services. The company serves restaurants, other chains, non-franchised drugstores, and various health centers, as well as consumers. Metro Inc. was founded in 1947 and is headquartered in Montréal, Canada.
Company Analysis and Financial Data Status
|Data||Last Updated (UTC time)|
|Company Analysis||2020/06/06 02:12|
|End of Day Share Price||2020/06/05 00:00|
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