MCBC Holdings (NASDAQ: MCFT) and Malibu Boats (NASDAQ:MBUU) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for MCBC Holdings and Malibu Boats, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
MCBC Holdings 0 0 3 0 3.00
Malibu Boats 0 2 4 0 2.67

Given MCBC Holdings’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe MCBC Holdings is more favorable than Malibu Boats.

Profitability

This table compares MCBC Holdings and Malibu Boats’ 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%
Malibu Boats 10.06% 78.71% 13.05%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

93.7% of MCBC Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 90.1% of Malibu Boats shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.6% of MCBC Holdings shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 3.5% of Malibu Boats shares are owned by 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.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares MCBC Holdings and Malibu Boats’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
MCBC Holdings $228.63 million 1.89 $19.57 million $1.06 21.85
Malibu Boats $281.94 million 2.28 $28.35 million $1.58 20.09

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

Risk & Volatility

MCBC Holdings has a beta of 1.27, indicating that its stock price is 27% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Malibu Boats has a beta of 1.02, indicating that its stock price is 2% more volatile than the S&P 500.

MCBC Holdings Company Profile

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.

Malibu Boats Company Profile

Malibu Boats, Inc. is a designer, manufacturer and marketer of performance sport boats. The Company’s segments include the U.S. and Australia. Each segment is engaged in the manufacturing, distribution, marketing and sale of performance sport boats. Its U.S. segment serves markets in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Its Australia segment serves the Australian and New Zealand markets. The Company’s boats are used for water sports, including water skiing, wakeboarding and wake surfing, as well as general recreational boating. The Company sells its boats under Malibu and Axis Wake Research (Axis) brand names. The Company’s boats are constructed of fiberglass, equipped with inboard propulsion systems and available in a range of sizes and hull designs. The Company also offers various accessories and aftermarket parts. The Company’s boat models include Malibu M Series, Malibu Wakesetter, Malibu Response and Axis.

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