West Marine (WMAR) vs. Its Rivals Head-To-Head Review
West Marine (NASDAQ: WMAR) is one of 21 publicly-traded companies in the “Other Specialty Retailers” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare West Marine to related companies based on the strength of its earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, institutional ownership and risk.
This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for West Marine and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|West Marine Competitors||385||1032||1086||48||2.31|
West Marine currently has a consensus target price of $10.49, indicating a potential downside of 19.13%. As a group, “Other Specialty Retailers” companies have a potential downside of 11.53%. Given West Marine’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe West Marine has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.
West Marine pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. West Marine pays out 64.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Other Specialty Retailers” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.1% and pay out 68.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. West Marine is clearly a better dividend stock than its peers, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.
This table compares West Marine and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|West Marine Competitors||21.96%||-15.12%||6.27%|
Institutional & Insider Ownership
57.9% of West Marine shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.9% of shares of all “Other Specialty Retailers” companies are owned by institutional investors. 27.5% of West Marine shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 22.7% of shares of all “Other Specialty Retailers” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
Risk & Volatility
West Marine has a beta of 1.31, indicating that its stock price is 31% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, West Marine’s peers have a beta of 1.23, indicating that their average stock price is 23% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares West Marine and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||EBITDA||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|West Marine||$697.67 million||$39.13 million||41.82|
|West Marine Competitors||$3.37 billion||$363.72 million||4.91|
West Marine’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than West Marine. West Marine is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.
West Marine peers beat West Marine on 9 of the 15 factors compared.
West Marine Company Profile
West Marine, Inc. is a waterlife outfitter for cruisers, sailors, anglers and paddlesports enthusiasts. The Company offers a selection of core boating and water recreation products, primarily serving the needs of boat owners and professionals providing services to them. It services its customers through physical stores and two e-commerce Websites. It is a specialty retailer of boating supplies, gear, apparel, footwear and other waterlife-related products. It operates approximately 260 stores located in approximately 40 states, Puerto Rico and Canada. Its products include boating products and merchandise expansion products. Its boating products include maintenance, electronics, sailboat hardware, anchors/docking/moorings, engine systems, boats/outboards, ventilation, navigation, trailering, seating/boat covers and barbecues/appliances. Its merchandise expansion products include clothing accessories, fishing, watersports, paddlesports, coolers and waterlife lifestyle accessories.
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