Best Buy Co. (NYSE: BBY) and Aaron’s, (NYSE:AAN) are both mid-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitabiliy, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, risk, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Best Buy Co. and Aaron’s, ‘s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Best Buy Co. 3.01% 26.81% 8.73%
Aaron’s, 4.47% 11.81% 6.74%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Best Buy Co. and Aaron’s, ‘s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Best Buy Co. $39.49 billion 0.43 $2.45 billion $3.73 15.06
Aaron’s, $3.20 billion 0.88 $467.52 million $1.97 20.30

Best Buy Co. has higher revenue and earnings than Aaron’s, . Best Buy Co. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Aaron’s, , indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

93.9% of Best Buy Co. shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 99.8% of Aaron’s, shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.2% of Best Buy Co. shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.9% of Aaron’s, shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Best Buy Co. pays an annual dividend of $1.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. Aaron’s, pays an annual dividend of $0.11 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.3%. Best Buy Co. pays out 36.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Aaron’s, pays out 5.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Best Buy Co. has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years and Aaron’s, has raised its dividend for 10 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Best Buy Co. and Aaron’s, , as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Best Buy Co. 3 2 17 0 2.64
Aaron’s, 0 3 3 0 2.50

Best Buy Co. presently has a consensus target price of $56.94, indicating a potential upside of 1.37%. Aaron’s, has a consensus target price of $37.00, indicating a potential downside of 7.48%. Given Best Buy Co.’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Best Buy Co. is more favorable than Aaron’s, .

Risk and Volatility

Best Buy Co. has a beta of 1.44, indicating that its stock price is 44% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Aaron’s, has a beta of 0.14, indicating that its stock price is 86% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Best Buy Co. beats Aaron’s, on 10 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Best Buy Co.

Best Buy Co., Inc. is a provider of technology products, services and solutions. The Company offers products and services to the customers visiting its stores, engaging with Geek Squad agents, or using its Websites or mobile applications. It has operations in the United States, Canada and Mexico. The Company operates through two segments: Domestic and International. The Domestic segment consists of the operations in all states, districts and territories of the United States, under various brand names, including Best Buy, bestbuy.com, Best Buy Mobile, Best Buy Direct, Best Buy Express, Geek Squad, Magnolia Home Theater, and Pacific Kitchen and Home. The International segment consists of all operations in Canada and Mexico under the brand names, Best Buy, bestbuy.com.ca, bestbuy.com.mx, Best Buy Express, Best Buy Mobile and Geek Squad. As of December 31, 2016, the Company operated 1,200 large-format and 400 small-format stores throughout its Domestic and International segments.

About Aaron’s,

Aaron’s, Inc. (Aaron’s) is an omnichannel provider of lease-purchase solutions. The Company engages in the sales and lease ownership and specialty retailing of furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories through its Company-operated and franchised stores in Canada, as well as its e-commerce platform, Aarons.com. Its segments include Sales and Lease Ownership, Progressive Finance Holdings, LLC (Progressive), Dent-A-Med, Inc., doing business as the HELPcard (DAMI), Franchise and Manufacturing. Its stores carry brands, such as Samsung, Frigidaire, Hewlett-Packard, LG, Whirlpool, Simmons, Philips, Ashley and Magnavox. As of December 31, 2016, it had 1,864 Aaron’s stores, consisted of 1,165 Company-operated stores in 28 states, the District of Columbia and Canada, and 699 independently-owned franchised stores in 46 states and Canada. It owns trademarks and trade names used in business, including Progressive, Dent-A-Med, the HELPcard and Woodhaven Furniture Industries.

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