Pico (NASDAQ: PICO) is one of 23 public companies in the “Homebuilding” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Pico to related businesses based on the strength of its valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

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

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Pico 0 0 0 0 N/A
Pico Competitors 280 1483 1783 38 2.44

As a group, “Homebuilding” companies have a potential downside of 1.59%. Given Pico’s peers higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Pico has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Risk and Volatility

Pico has a beta of 1.23, meaning that its share price is 23% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Pico’s peers have a beta of 1.52, meaning 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 9.49% 14.37% 7.69%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Pico and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Pico $362.58 million -$21.86 million -40.00
Pico Competitors $3.83 billion $231.12 million 477.90

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 held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 78.9% of shares of all “Homebuilding” companies are held by institutional investors. 4.7% of Pico shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 13.1% of shares of all “Homebuilding” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

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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