MRU Stock Overview
Metro Inc. operates as a retailer, franchisor, distributor, and manufacturer in the food and pharmaceutical sectors in Canada.
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Price History & Performance
|Historical stock prices|
|Current Share Price||CA$70.05|
|52 Week High||CA$73.54|
|52 Week Low||CA$59.14|
|1 Month Change||-1.16%|
|3 Month Change||0.50%|
|1 Year Change||10.33%|
|3 Year Change||29.77%|
|5 Year Change||65.49%|
|Change since IPO||27,016.27%|
Recent News & Updates
Metro (TSE:MRU) Seems To Use Debt Quite Sensibly
Legendary fund manager Li Lu (who Charlie Munger backed) once said, 'The biggest investment risk is not the volatility...
|MRU||CA Consumer Retailing||CA Market|
Return vs Industry: MRU underperformed the Canadian Consumer Retailing industry which returned 14.6% over the past year.
Return vs Market: MRU exceeded the Canadian Market which returned -1.1% over the past year.
|MRU Average Weekly Movement||2.7%|
|Consumer Retailing Industry Average Movement||4.1%|
|Market Average Movement||10.8%|
|10% most volatile stocks in CA Market||19.4%|
|10% least volatile stocks in CA Market||4.3%|
Stable Share Price: MRU is less volatile than 75% of Canadian stocks over the past 3 months, typically moving +/- 3% a week.
Volatility Over Time: MRU's weekly volatility (3%) has been stable over the past year.
About the Company
|1947||90,000||Eric La Fleche||https://www.metro.ca|
Metro Inc. operates as a retailer, franchisor, distributor, and manufacturer in the food and pharmaceutical sectors in Canada. It operates supermarkets and discount stores that provide fresh and grocery products, baked goods, prepared foods, meats, dairy products, fruits and vegetables, frozen foods, bakery products, and pastries, as well as Mediterranean and Middle Eastern products. As of September 25, 2021, the company operated a network of approximately 963 food stores under various banners, including Metro, Metro Plus, Super C, and Food Basics, Adonis, and Premiere Moisson as well as approximately 649 drugstores primarily under the Jean Coutu, Brunet, Metro Pharmacy, and Food Basics Pharmacy banners.
Metro Fundamentals Summary
|MRU fundamental statistics|
Is MRU overvalued?See Fair Value and valuation analysis
Earnings & Revenue
|MRU income statement (TTM)|
|Cost of Revenue||CA$0|
Last Reported Earnings
Jul 02, 2022
Next Earnings Date
|Earnings per share (EPS)||3.65|
|Net Profit Margin||4.70%|
How did MRU perform over the long term?See historical performance and comparison
1.6%Current Dividend Yield
Is MRU undervalued compared to its fair value, analyst forecasts and its price relative to the market?
Valuation Score 1/6
Price-To-Earnings vs Peers
Price-To-Earnings vs Industry
Price-To-Earnings vs Fair Ratio
Below Fair Value
Significantly Below Fair Value
Key Valuation Metric
Which metric is best to use when looking at relative valuation for MRU?
Other financial metrics that can be useful for relative valuation.
|What is MRU's n/a Ratio?|
Price to Earnings Ratio vs Peers
How does MRU's PE Ratio compare to its peers?
|MRU PE Ratio vs Peers|
|Company||PE||Estimated Growth||Market Cap|
WN George Weston
L Loblaw Companies
ATD Alimentation Couche-Tard
Price-To-Earnings vs Peers: MRU is expensive based on its Price-To-Earnings Ratio (19.2x) compared to the peer average (16x).
Price to Earnings Ratio vs Industry
How does MRU's PE Ratio compare vs other companies in the North American Consumer Retailing Industry?
Price-To-Earnings vs Industry: MRU is expensive based on its Price-To-Earnings Ratio (19.2x) compared to the Canadian Consumer Retailing industry average (13.4x)
Price to Earnings Ratio vs Fair Ratio
What is MRU's PE Ratio compared to its Fair PE Ratio? This is the expected PE Ratio taking into account the company's forecast earnings growth, profit margins and other risk factors.
|Current PE Ratio||19.2x|
|Fair PE Ratio||16.9x|
Price-To-Earnings vs Fair Ratio: MRU is expensive based on its Price-To-Earnings Ratio (19.2x) compared to the estimated Fair Price-To-Earnings Ratio (16.9x).
Share Price vs Fair Value
What is the Fair Price of MRU when looking at its future cash flows? For this estimate we use a Discounted Cash Flow model.
Below Fair Value: MRU (CA$70.05) is trading below our estimate of fair value (CA$76.53)
Significantly Below Fair Value: MRU is trading below fair value, but not by a significant amount.
Analyst Price Targets
What is the analyst 12-month forecast and do we have any statistical confidence in the consensus price target?
Analyst Forecast: Target price is less than 20% higher than the current share price.
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How is Metro forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 10 analysts?
Future Growth Score1/6
Future Growth Score 1/6
Earnings vs Savings Rate
Earnings vs Market
High Growth Earnings
Revenue vs Market
High Growth Revenue
Forecasted annual earnings growth
Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts
Analyst Future Growth Forecasts
Earnings vs Savings Rate: MRU's forecast earnings growth (4.1% per year) is above the savings rate (1.6%).
Earnings vs Market: MRU's earnings (4.1% per year) are forecast to grow slower than the Canadian market (7.9% per year).
High Growth Earnings: MRU's earnings are forecast to grow, but not significantly.
Revenue vs Market: MRU's revenue (2.4% per year) is forecast to grow slower than the Canadian market (7% per year).
High Growth Revenue: MRU's revenue (2.4% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.
Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts
Future Return on Equity
Future ROE: MRU's Return on Equity is forecast to be low in 3 years time (14%).
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How has Metro performed over the past 5 years?
Past Performance Score4/6
Past Performance Score 4/6
Growing Profit Margin
Earnings vs Industry
Historical annual earnings growth
Earnings and Revenue History
Quality Earnings: MRU has high quality earnings.
Growing Profit Margin: MRU's current net profit margins (4.7%) are higher than last year (4.4%).
Past Earnings Growth Analysis
Earnings Trend: MRU's earnings have declined by 9.5% per year over the past 5 years.
Accelerating Growth: MRU's earnings growth over the past year (6.9%) exceeds its 5-year average (-9.5% per year).
Earnings vs Industry: MRU earnings growth over the past year (6.9%) exceeded the Consumer Retailing industry 6.3%.
Return on Equity
High ROE: MRU's Return on Equity (13.2%) is considered low.
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How is Metro's financial position?
Financial Health Score5/6
Financial Health Score 5/6
Short Term Liabilities
Long Term Liabilities
Financial Position Analysis
Short Term Liabilities: MRU's short term assets (CA$2.2B) exceed its short term liabilities (CA$1.9B).
Long Term Liabilities: MRU's short term assets (CA$2.2B) do not cover its long term liabilities (CA$4.9B).
Debt to Equity History and Analysis
Debt Level: MRU's net debt to equity ratio (32.8%) is considered satisfactory.
Reducing Debt: MRU's debt to equity ratio has reduced from 50.8% to 36.2% over the past 5 years.
Debt Coverage: MRU's debt is well covered by operating cash flow (58.9%).
Interest Coverage: MRU's interest payments on its debt are well covered by EBIT (11.2x coverage).
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What is Metro current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?
Dividend Score 4/6
Cash Flow Coverage
Current Dividend Yield
Dividend Yield vs Market
Notable Dividend: MRU's dividend (1.57%) isn’t notable compared to the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the Canadian market (1.89%).
High Dividend: MRU's dividend (1.57%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the Canadian market (5.33%).
Stability and Growth of Payments
Stable Dividend: MRU's dividends per share have been stable in the past 10 years.
Growing Dividend: MRU's dividend payments have increased over the past 10 years.
Earnings Payout to Shareholders
Earnings Coverage: With its reasonably low payout ratio (30%), MRU's dividend payments are well covered by earnings.
Cash Payout to Shareholders
Cash Flow Coverage: With its reasonably low cash payout ratio (35.1%), MRU's dividend payments are well covered by cash flows.
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How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?
Average management tenure
Eric La Fleche (60 yo)
Mr. Eric Richer La Fleche has been the Chief Executive Officer and President of Metro Inc. since April 1, 2008. Mr. La Fleche served as the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Metro fro...
CEO Compensation Analysis
Compensation vs Market: Eric's total compensation ($USD3.93M) is below average for companies of similar size in the Canadian market ($USD7.42M).
Compensation vs Earnings: Eric's compensation has been consistent with company performance over the past year.
Experienced Management: MRU's management team is considered experienced (3.8 years average tenure).
Experienced Board: MRU's board of directors are considered experienced (6.6 years average tenure).
Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?
Insider Trading Volume
Insider Buying: MRU insiders have only sold shares in the past 3 months.
Recent Insider Transactions
Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.
Metro Inc.'s employee growth, exchange listings and data sources
- Name: Metro Inc.
- Ticker: MRU
- Exchange: TSX
- Founded: 1947
- Industry: Food Retail
- Sector: Consumer Retailing
- Implied Market Cap: CA$16.735b
- Shares outstanding: 238.91m
- Website: https://www.metro.ca
Number of Employees
- Metro Inc.
- 11011 Maurice-Duplessis Boulevard
- H1C 1V6
Company Analysis and Financial Data Status
|Data||Last Updated (UTC time)|
|Company Analysis||2022/08/11 00:00|
|End of Day Share Price||2022/08/11 00:00|
Unless specified all financial data is based on a yearly period but updated quarterly. This is known as Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) or Last Twelve Month (LTM) Data. Learn more here.