Haverty Furniture Companies (NYSE: HVT) and At Home Group (NYSE:HOME) are both small-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership, earnings and valuation.

Dividends

Haverty Furniture Companies pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. At Home Group does not pay a dividend. Haverty Furniture Companies pays out 44.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Risk and Volatility

Haverty Furniture Companies has a beta of 1.13, suggesting that its stock price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, At Home Group has a beta of 3.84, suggesting that its stock price is 284% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

80.7% of Haverty Furniture Companies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 24.8% of At Home Group shares are held by institutional investors. 10.3% of Haverty Furniture Companies shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 7.3% of At Home Group shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Haverty Furniture Companies and At Home Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Haverty Furniture Companies 3.53% 10.10% 6.34%
At Home Group 4.18% 7.53% 3.21%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Haverty Furniture Companies and At Home Group, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Haverty Furniture Companies 0 1 0 0 2.00
At Home Group 0 2 5 0 2.71

At Home Group has a consensus target price of $27.50, indicating a potential downside of 3.13%. Given At Home Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe At Home Group is more favorable than Haverty Furniture Companies.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Haverty Furniture Companies and At Home Group’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Haverty Furniture Companies $821.57 million 0.64 $28.35 million $1.36 18.20
At Home Group $765.64 million 2.24 $27.06 million $0.60 47.32

Haverty Furniture Companies has higher revenue and earnings than At Home Group. Haverty Furniture Companies 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.

Haverty Furniture Companies Company Profile

Haverty Furniture Companies, Inc. is a retailer of residential furniture and accessories. The Company sells home furnishings in its retail stores and through its Website, havertys.com. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had 124 stores in 16 states in the Southern and Midwest regions. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s retail store space totaled approximately 4.5 million square feet for 124 stores. It also offers financing through a third-party finance company, as well as an internal revolving charge credit plan. The Company’s retail locations are operated using the Havertys name. It offers mattress product lines, such as Sealy, Tempur-Pedic, Serta, Stearns & Foster and Beautyrest Black. The Company’s customers are college educated women in middle to upper-middle income households. The Company stores are located in areas, including Florida, Texas, North Carolina, Tennessee and Maryland.

At Home Group Company Profile

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.

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