At Home Group (NYSE: HOME) and Pier 1 Imports (NYSE:PIR) are both small-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, profitability, dividends, valuation and institutional ownership.
This is a summary of current recommendations for At Home Group and Pier 1 Imports, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|At Home Group||0||2||5||0||2.71|
|Pier 1 Imports||4||11||0||0||1.73|
Pier 1 Imports pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.7%. At Home Group does not pay a dividend. Pier 1 Imports pays out 77.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. At Home Group has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.
Risk and Volatility
At Home Group has a beta of 2.53, indicating that its stock price is 153% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Pier 1 Imports has a beta of 1.79, indicating that its stock price is 79% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares At Home Group and Pier 1 Imports’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|At Home Group||$765.64 million||2.18||$27.06 million||$0.53||52.13|
|Pier 1 Imports||$1.83 billion||0.22||$30.12 million||$0.36||13.58|
Pier 1 Imports has higher revenue and earnings than At Home Group. Pier 1 Imports is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than At Home Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
This table compares At Home Group and Pier 1 Imports’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|At Home Group||3.88%||7.52%||3.24%|
|Pier 1 Imports||1.61%||13.82%||4.56%|
Institutional and Insider Ownership
24.8% of At Home Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 77.9% of Pier 1 Imports shares are held by institutional investors. 7.3% of At Home Group shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 5.5% of Pier 1 Imports shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
At Home Group beats Pier 1 Imports on 10 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.
About At Home Group
At Home Group, Inc. is a home decor superstore. The Company is focused on providing a range of assortment of products for any room, in any style, for any budget. As of July 30, 2016, the Company offered over 50,000 stock keeping units (SKUs) throughout its stores. As of July 30, 2016, the Company’s store base is consisted of 115 format stores across 29 states and 65 markets, averaging approximately 120,000 square feet per store.
About Pier 1 Imports
Pier 1 Imports, Inc. is an importer of home decor and furniture. The Company’s operations consist of retail stores and an e-commerce Website conducting business under the name Pier 1 Imports, which sells a range of decorative accessories, furniture, candles, housewares, gifts and seasonal products. The Company’s categories of merchandise include decorative accessories and furniture. The decorative accessories category includes decorative accents and textiles, such as rugs, wall decorations and mirrors, candles, fragrance, gifts and seasonal items. The furniture category includes furniture and furniture cushions to be used in living, dining, office, sunrooms and patios. This merchandise group is generally made of metal or handcrafted natural materials, including rattan, pine, acacia, oak and other woods with either natural, stained, painted or upholstered finishes.
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