At Home Group (NYSE: HOME) and Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends and valuation.
This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for At Home Group and Williams-Sonoma, as reported by MarketBeat.
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|At Home Group
At Home Group presently has a consensus target price of $26.21, suggesting a potential upside of 18.99%. Williams-Sonoma has a consensus target price of $51.53, suggesting a potential upside of 12.55%. Given At Home Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe At Home Group is more favorable than Williams-Sonoma.
This table compares At Home Group and Williams-Sonoma’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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|At Home Group
Williams-Sonoma pays an annual dividend of $1.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.4%. At Home Group does not pay a dividend. Williams-Sonoma pays out 44.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Williams-Sonoma has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.
Risk & Volatility
At Home Group has a beta of 2.53, meaning that its stock price is 153% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Williams-Sonoma has a beta of 0.91, meaning that its stock price is 9% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
25.0% of At Home Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 99.3% of Williams-Sonoma shares are owned by institutional investors. 7.3% of At Home Group shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.0% of Williams-Sonoma shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares At Home Group and Williams-Sonoma’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
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|At Home Group
Williams-Sonoma has higher revenue and earnings than At Home Group. Williams-Sonoma 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.
Williams-Sonoma beats At Home Group on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.
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.
Williams-Sonoma Company Profile
Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is a multi-channel specialty retailer of products for the home. The Company operates retail stores in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Australia and the United Kingdom. It operates through two segments: e-commerce and retail. The e-commerce segment has various merchandising strategies, such as Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, West Elm, PBteen, Williams-Sonoma Home, Rejuvenation and Mark and Graham, which sell its products through the Company’s e-commerce Websites and direct-mail catalogs. The retail segment has various merchandising strategies, such as Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, West Elm and Rejuvenation, which sell its products through the Company’s retail stores. The Company franchises its brands to third parties in a number of countries in the Middle East, the Philippines and Mexico. The Company’s products are also available to customers through its catalogs and online across the world.
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