Ethan Allen Interiors (NYSE: ETH) and Bassett Furniture Industries, (NASDAQ:BSET) are both small-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, profitabiliy, valuation and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Ethan Allen Interiors and Bassett Furniture Industries,, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ethan Allen Interiors 0 5 1 1 2.43
Bassett Furniture Industries, 0 1 0 0 2.00

Ethan Allen Interiors currently has a consensus price target of $35.00, suggesting a potential upside of 12.18%. Bassett Furniture Industries, has a consensus price target of $36.00, suggesting a potential downside of 5.88%. Given Ethan Allen Interiors’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Ethan Allen Interiors is more favorable than Bassett Furniture Industries,.

Volatility & Risk

Ethan Allen Interiors has a beta of 1.16, suggesting that its stock price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Bassett Furniture Industries, has a beta of 1.1, suggesting that its stock price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

99.2% of Ethan Allen Interiors shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 71.3% of Bassett Furniture Industries, shares are owned by institutional investors. 11.0% of Ethan Allen Interiors shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 6.4% of Bassett Furniture Industries, shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Ethan Allen Interiors pays an annual dividend of $0.76 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. Bassett Furniture Industries, pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Ethan Allen Interiors pays out 51.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Bassett Furniture Industries, pays out 24.1% 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. Ethan Allen Interiors has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years. Ethan Allen Interiors is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Profitability

This table compares Ethan Allen Interiors and Bassett Furniture Industries,’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ethan Allen Interiors 5.33% 11.31% 7.74%
Bassett Furniture Industries, 4.08% 9.05% 6.02%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Ethan Allen Interiors and Bassett Furniture Industries,’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ethan Allen Interiors $774.15 million 1.12 $84.86 million $1.47 21.22
Bassett Furniture Industries, $438.52 million 0.94 $42.16 million $1.66 23.04

Ethan Allen Interiors has higher revenue and earnings than Bassett Furniture Industries,. Ethan Allen Interiors is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Bassett Furniture Industries,, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Ethan Allen Interiors beats Bassett Furniture Industries, on 15 of the 18 factors compared between the two stocks.

Ethan Allen Interiors Company Profile

Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. is an interior design company. The Company is a manufacturer and retailer of home furnishings. The Company operates through two segments, which include wholesale and retail. The Company is an international home fashion brand doing business in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. It offers complimentary interior design service to its clients and sells a range of furniture products and decorative accents through ethanallen.com and a network of design centers in the United States and abroad. Its wholesale segment, principally involved in the development of the Ethan Allen brand, encompasses various aspects of design, manufacture, sourcing, sale, and distribution of its range of home furnishings and accents. The Company’s retail segment sells home furnishings and accents to consumers through a network of Company-operated design centers. As of June 30, 2016, the Company owned and operated nine manufacturing facilities.

Bassett Furniture Industries, Company Profile

Bassett Furniture Industries, Incorporated is a manufacturer, importer and retailer of home furnishings. The Company’s segments include Wholesale, Retail – Company-owned stores and Logistical services. Its wholesale home furnishings segment is involved in the design, manufacture, sourcing, sale and distribution of furniture products to a network of Bassett stores (licensee-owned stores and Company-owned stores) and independent furniture retailers. Its retail segment consists of Company-owned stores. It operates its logistical services segment through its subsidiary, Zenith Freight Lines, LLC, which provides shipping, delivery and warehousing services. Its portfolio of products includes Canopy Bed, Nightstands, Baby Bedding, Bedside Tables, Chaise Lounge, Writing Desks, Kitchen Furniture, Computer Hutch, Game Tables and Fabric Ottomans. Its range of furniture products and accessories are sold through a nation-wide network of over 90 retail stores known as Bassett Home Furnishings.

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