Pico (NASDAQ: PICO) is one of 24 public companies in the “Homebuilding” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Pico to related companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings and risk.

Volatility and Risk

Pico has a beta of 1.23, indicating that its share price is 23% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Pico’s peers have a beta of 1.52, indicating that their average share price is 52% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Pico and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Pico -4.85% -0.37% -0.26%
Pico Competitors 9.74% 14.79% 7.94%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Pico and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Pico $362.58 million -$21.86 million -40.81
Pico Competitors $3.83 billion $231.12 million 5,557.62

Pico’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Pico. Pico is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

70.2% of Pico shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 78.9% of shares of all “Homebuilding” companies are owned by institutional investors. 4.7% of Pico shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 13.1% of shares of all “Homebuilding” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Pico and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Pico 0 0 0 0 N/A
Pico Competitors 282 1681 1925 38 2.44

As a group, “Homebuilding” companies have a potential downside of 74.29%. Given Pico’s peers higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Pico has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Summary

Pico peers beat Pico on 9 of the 9 factors compared.

Pico Company Profile

PICO Holdings, Inc. (PICO) is a holding company. The Company’s segments include Water Resource and Water Storage Operations; Real Estate Operations, and Corporate. Its subsidiary, Vidler Water Company, Inc. (Vidler), owns water resources and water storage operations in the southwestern United States, with assets and operations in Nevada, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico. The Real Estate Operations are conducted through UCP, Inc. (UCP), which is a homebuilder and land developer in markets located in California, Washington State, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The Corporate segment includes its investments in small businesses, typically venture capital-type situations. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned a membership interest in, and was the managing partner of, Fish Springs Ranch, LLC (FSR), which owned the Fish Springs Ranch and other properties totaling approximately 7,313 acres in Honey Lake Valley in Washoe County, approximately 40 miles north of Reno, Nevada.

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