Patrick Industries (NASDAQ: PATK) and CatchMark Timber Trust (NYSE:CTT) are both small-cap construction companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, risk, valuation, institutional ownership and profitabiliy.

Volatility and Risk

Patrick Industries has a beta of 0.86, suggesting that its stock price is 14% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CatchMark Timber Trust has a beta of 0.65, suggesting that its stock price is 35% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Patrick Industries and CatchMark Timber Trust, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Patrick Industries 0 1 3 0 2.75
CatchMark Timber Trust 0 0 0 0 N/A

Patrick Industries currently has a consensus price target of $76.33, indicating a potential downside of 1.76%. Given Patrick Industries’ higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Patrick Industries is more favorable than CatchMark Timber Trust.

Profitability

This table compares Patrick Industries and CatchMark Timber Trust’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Patrick Industries 4.64% 29.55% 11.02%
CatchMark Timber Trust -16.02% -3.25% -1.78%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Patrick Industries and CatchMark Timber Trust’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Patrick Industries $1.29 billion 1.01 $120.71 million $3.90 19.92
CatchMark Timber Trust $77.80 million 5.80 $23.21 million ($0.32) -36.31

Patrick Industries has higher revenue and earnings than CatchMark Timber Trust. CatchMark Timber Trust is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Patrick Industries, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

89.5% of Patrick Industries shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.7% of CatchMark Timber Trust shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.2% of Patrick Industries shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.2% of CatchMark Timber Trust shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

CatchMark Timber Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.54 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.6%. Patrick Industries does not pay a dividend. CatchMark Timber Trust pays out -168.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Patrick Industries has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Summary

Patrick Industries beats CatchMark Timber Trust on 12 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Patrick Industries Company Profile

Patrick Industries, Inc. is a manufacturer of component products and distributor of building products and materials for the recreational vehicle (RV) and manufactured housing (MH) industrial markets for customers throughout the United States and Canada. In addition, it is a supplier to certain other industrial markets, such as kitchen cabinet, office and household furniture, fixtures and commercial furnishings, marine, and other industrial markets. The Company’s segments include Manufacturing and Distribution. It manufactures a range of products, which include decorative vinyl and paper laminated panels, solid surface, granite and quartz countertops, fabricated aluminum products, wrapped vinyl, paper and hardwood profile mouldings, slide-out trim and fascia, cabinet doors and components, hardwood furniture, fiberglass and plastic component products including front and rear caps and marine helms, interior passage doors, RV painting, and slotwall panels and components, among others.

CatchMark Timber Trust Company Profile

CatchMark Timber Trust, Inc. is a real estate company investing in timberlands. The Company primarily engages in the ownership, management, acquisition and disposition of timberlands located in the United States. It is focused on investing in timberlands and to manage such assets to provide current income and attractive long-term returns to its stockholders. It owns all its properties and other investments through its operating partnership. The Company generates its income from the harvest and sale of timber, as well as from non-timber related revenue sources, such as recreational leases. In April 2014, the Company acquired 36,300 acres of timberland (known as the Waycross-Panola properties) located in Southeast Georgia and East Texas from Hancock Timber Resource Group. Approximately 55,600 acres of prime timberlands, known as Oglethorpe and Satilla River, add 2.7 million tons of timber to the Company’s merchantable inventory.

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