Credit Suisse Issues a Hold Rating on Smart & Final

By Austin Angelo

Credit Suisse analyst Edward Kelly maintained a Hold rating on Smart & Final (NYSE: SFS) on March 9 and set a price target of $13. The company’s shares closed yesterday at $10.95, close to its 52-week low of $10.65.

According to, Kelly is a 2-star analyst with an average return of 0.6% and a 52.9% success rate. Kelly covers the Services sector, focusing on stocks such as Ollie’s Bargain Outlet Holding, Walgreens Boots Alliance, and Performance Food Group.

Smart & Final has an analyst consensus of Moderate Buy.

Smart & Final’s market cap is currently $798.6M and has a P/E ratio of 69.97. The company has a book value ratio of 1.4461.

Based on the recent corporate insider activity of 38 insiders, corporate insider sentiment is positive on the stock. This means that over the past quarter there has been an increase of insiders buying their shares of SFS in relation to earlier this year. Most recently, in September 2014, Ares Corporate Opportunities Fund Lp, a Major Shareholder at SFS bought 55,100,000 shares.

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Smart & Final Stores, Inc. is a value-oriented food and everyday staples retailer that serves household and business customers. The company operates through following segments: Smart and Final and Cash and Carry. The Smart and Final segment focuses on both household and business customers. The Cash and Carry segment focuses primarily on restaurants, caterers and a wide range of other foodservice businesses. Smart & Final Stores was founded on October 5, 2012 and is headquartered in Commerce, CA.