Interface (NASDAQ: TILE) and The Dixie Group (NASDAQ:DXYN) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitabiliy, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations and earnings.


This table compares Interface and The Dixie Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Interface 5.20% 19.18% 8.54%
The Dixie Group -0.27% -0.81% -0.25%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

93.6% of Interface shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.4% of The Dixie Group shares are held by institutional investors. 1.9% of Interface shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 15.1% of The Dixie Group shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Interface and The Dixie Group, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Interface 1 2 2 0 2.20
The Dixie Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

Interface presently has a consensus target price of $19.00, suggesting a potential downside of 2.81%. Given Interface’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Interface is more favorable than The Dixie Group.


Interface pays an annual dividend of $0.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. The Dixie Group does not pay a dividend. Interface pays out 31.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Interface and The Dixie Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Interface $957.17 million 1.28 $137.68 million $0.77 25.39
The Dixie Group $405.76 million 0.17 $16.17 million ($0.08) -54.99

Interface has higher revenue and earnings than The Dixie Group. The Dixie Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Interface, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility & Risk

Interface has a beta of 1.22, indicating that its stock price is 22% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, The Dixie Group has a beta of 0.55, indicating that its stock price is 45% less volatile than the S&P 500.


Interface beats The Dixie Group on 12 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Interface

Interface Inc. is engaged in design, production and sale of modular carpet, also known as carpet tile. As of January 1, 2017, the Company marketed its modular carpets in over 110 countries under the brand names Interface and FLOR. The Company operates through three segments: Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific. The Company distributes its products through two primary channels, including direct sales to end users and indirect sales through independent contractors or distributors. The Company sells an antimicrobial chemical compound under the trademark Intersept that the Company incorporates in all of its modular carpet products. It also sells its TacTiles carpet tile installation system, along with a range of traditional adhesives and products for carpet installation and maintenance that are manufactured by a third party. It also provides turnkey project management services for national accounts and other customers through its InterfaceSERVICES business.

About The Dixie Group

The Dixie Group, Inc. is engaged in marketing, manufacturing and selling of carpet and rugs. The Company offers its products to various residential and commercial customers through its various sales forces and brands. The Company operates through the carpet and rug manufacturing segment. The Company also provides carpet and yarn related services to other manufacturers. The Company’s brands include Fabrica, Masland Residential, Dixie Home, Atlas Carpet Mills, Masland Contract and Masland Hospitality. Dixie International sells its brands outside of the North American market. Fabrica markets and manufactures various residential carpet and custom rugs. Masland Contract markets and manufactures broadloom and modular carpet tile for the specified commercial marketplace. Masland Residential markets and manufactures design-driven specialty carpets and rugs for the residential marketplace. Dixie Home markets a range of tufted broadloom residential and commercial carpets.

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