Altman Z-Score, Trailing 12 Months: 2.75
Altman Z-Score 2009: 2.75
Like most traditional grocers, Supervalu (SVU) has been struggling to remain competitive as it faces deflation, and as discounters ramp up their packaged and fresh food offerings. Most recently Wal-Mart (SVU) extended its price roll backs to its grocery segment.While Supervalu swung back to a profit in its fourth quarter, it said challenges still lie ahead, issuing weak full-year guidance. But Wall Street Strategies analyst Brian Sozzi thinks there is no threat of a Supervalu bankruptcy. "I did some work on the company, and I like what they have done to reduce costs," he says. "Management seems very inclined to cut expenses instead of opening new units." Earlier in the month Supervalu said its will pay an annual dividend of 35 cents a share and a regular quarterly dividend of 8.75 cents; it also plans to buy back up to $70 million shares through June 30, 2011.