CARREFOUR SA/S (OTCMKTS:CRRFY) and DISCO CORP/ADR (OTCMKTS:DSCSY) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations and risk.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

0.1% of CARREFOUR SA/S shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares CARREFOUR SA/S and DISCO CORP/ADR’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CARREFOUR SA/S $91.47 billion 0.16 -$600.18 million N/A N/A
DISCO CORP/ADR $1.51 billion 3.98 $334.55 million $1.97 17.01

DISCO CORP/ADR has lower revenue, but higher earnings than CARREFOUR SA/S.

Risk and Volatility

CARREFOUR SA/S has a beta of 0.89, meaning that its stock price is 11% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, DISCO CORP/ADR has a beta of 2.17, meaning that its stock price is 117% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for CARREFOUR SA/S and DISCO CORP/ADR, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CARREFOUR SA/S 1 1 1 0 2.00
DISCO CORP/ADR 0 3 0 0 2.00


CARREFOUR SA/S pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. DISCO CORP/ADR pays an annual dividend of $0.15 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.4%. DISCO CORP/ADR pays out 7.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


This table compares CARREFOUR SA/S and DISCO CORP/ADR’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
DISCO CORP/ADR 20.95% 16.30% 13.32%


DISCO CORP/ADR beats CARREFOUR SA/S on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

CARREFOUR SA/S Company Profile

Carrefour SA operates stores in various formats and channels in France, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Poland, Romania, Brazil, Argentina, China, and Taiwan. The company operates hypermarkets, supermarkets, cash and carry stores, and hypercash stores; e-commerce sites and m-commerce channels; and service stations. Its stores offer fresh produce; local products; consumer goods; and non-food products, including small household goods, textiles, and home appliances. In addition, the company is involved in banking, insurance, property development, and franchise activities; the provision of travel agency services; and the rental of shopping malls. Carrefour SA was founded in 1959 and is based in Boulogne Billancourt, France.

DISCO CORP/ADR Company Profile

Disco Corporation manufactures and sells precision cutting, grinding, and polishing machines in Japan and internationally. Its precision machines include dicing saws, laser saws, grinders, polishers, wafer mounters, die separators, surface planers, and waterjet saws, as well as products for dicing before grinding process and package singulation. The company also offers precision processing tools comprising dicing blades, grinding wheels, and dry polishing wheels; and other products, such as accessory equipment, as well as frames and cassettes, and additives for cutting waters. In addition, it manufactures and sells precision diamond abrasive tools; and offers processing services. Further, the company is involved in the disassembly and recycling of precision cutting, grinding, and polishing machines, as well as provides training services for the maintenance and operation of its products. Additionally, it leases precision machines; and purchases and sells used machines. The company was founded in 1937 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

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