MCBC Holdings (NASDAQ: MCFT) and Marine Products Corporation (NYSE:MPX) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, valuation, risk, dividends, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares MCBC Holdings and Marine Products Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
MCBC Holdings 8.56% 443.78% 23.43%
Marine Products Corporation 7.60% 25.69% 18.79%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

95.5% of MCBC Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 15.3% of Marine Products Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.6% of MCBC Holdings shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 77.9% of Marine Products Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for MCBC Holdings and Marine Products Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
MCBC Holdings 0 0 3 0 3.00
Marine Products Corporation 0 2 0 0 2.00

MCBC Holdings presently has a consensus price target of $25.00, suggesting a potential upside of 8.98%. Marine Products Corporation has a consensus price target of $12.00, suggesting a potential downside of 21.00%. Given MCBC Holdings’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe MCBC Holdings is more favorable than Marine Products Corporation.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares MCBC Holdings and Marine Products Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
MCBC Holdings $228.63 million 1.87 $42.69 million $1.06 21.64
Marine Products Corporation $255.12 million 2.08 $27.86 million $0.54 28.13

MCBC Holdings has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Marine Products Corporation. MCBC Holdings is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Marine Products Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Marine Products Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. MCBC Holdings does not pay a dividend. Marine Products Corporation pays out 51.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Marine Products Corporation has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Risk & Volatility

MCBC Holdings has a beta of 1.23, indicating that its share price is 23% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Marine Products Corporation has a beta of 0.32, indicating that its share price is 68% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

MCBC Holdings beats Marine Products Corporation on 11 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About MCBC Holdings

MCBC Holdings, Inc. (MCBC) is a holding company. The Company is a designer and manufacturer of inboard tournament ski boats and V-drive runabouts under the MasterCraft brand. The Company operates through two segments: MasterCraft and Hydra-Sports. The MasterCraft product brand consists of recreational performance boats primarily used for water skiing, wakeboarding and wake surfing, and general recreational boating. The Company distributes the MasterCraft product brand through its dealer network. The Company manufactures a range of Hydra-Sports recreational fishing boats. It also leases a parts warehouse in the United Kingdom to expedite service, primarily to dealers and customers in the European Union. Its MasterCraft-branded portfolio includes Star Series, XSeries and NXT boats. In addition, MCBC offers various accessories, including trailers and aftermarket parts. The Company operates primarily through its subsidiaries, MasterCraft Boat Company, LLC and MCBC Hydra Boats, LLC.

About Marine Products Corporation

Marine Products Corporation manufactures fiberglass motorized boats distributed and marketed through its independent dealer network. The Company designs, manufactures and sells recreational fiberglass powerboats in the sportboat, deckboat, cruiser, jet boat and sport fishing markets. The Company’s product offerings include Chaparral sterndrive, outboard and jet pleasure boats, and Robalo outboard sport fishing boats. The Company’s product line includes Chaparral-Vortex Jet Boat; Chaparral-H2O Sport Series; Chaparral-SunCoast Outboard Deck Boat; Chaparral-SSi Wide Tech; Chaparral-SSX Sport Boat; Chaparral-Sunesta Sport Deck; Chaparral-Signature Cruiser; Robalo-Center Console; Robalo-Cayman Bay Boat, and Robalo-Dual Console Robalo-Walkaround. Its manufacturing facilities are located in Nashville and Valdosta in Georgia. The Chaparral – Vortex Jet Boats are fiberglass sterndrive pleasure boats marketed as jet-powered boats with traditional bowrider styling.

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