Critical Survey: Winmark (WINA) versus Its Rivals

Winmark (NASDAQ: WINA) is one of 22 publicly-traded companies in the “Other Specialty Retailers” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Winmark to similar businesses based on the strength of its profitability, risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares Winmark and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Winmark 33.29% -205.65% 48.53%
Winmark Competitors -0.18% -15.38% 5.29%

Dividends

Winmark pays an annual dividend of $0.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.3%. Winmark pays out 8.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Other Specialty Retailers” companies pay a dividend yield of 0.9% and pay out 24.8% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Winmark and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Winmark $66.58 million $22.21 million 24.98
Winmark Competitors $2.19 billion $106.99 million 147.24

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

Volatility and Risk

Winmark has a beta of 0.4, indicating that its stock price is 60% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Winmark’s rivals have a beta of 0.86, indicating that their average stock price is 14% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

49.7% of Winmark shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.6% of shares of all “Other Specialty Retailers” companies are held by institutional investors. 37.5% of Winmark shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 23.5% of shares of all “Other Specialty Retailers” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Winmark and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Winmark 0 0 0 0 N/A
Winmark Competitors 303 861 1030 43 2.36

As a group, “Other Specialty Retailers” companies have a potential upside of 10.43%. Given Winmark’s rivals higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Winmark has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Summary

Winmark rivals beat Winmark on 8 of the 12 factors compared.

About Winmark

Winmark Corporation is a franchisor of five retail store concepts that buy, sell and trade gently used merchandise. The Company operates through two business segments: franchising and leasing. The franchising segment franchises value-oriented retail store concepts that buy, sell, trade and consign merchandise. The leasing segment includes Winmark Capital Corporation, its middle-market equipment leasing business and Wirth Business Credit, Inc., its small-ticket financing business. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had 1,186 franchised stores across the United States and Canada. The Company operates a middle-market equipment leasing business through its subsidiary, Winmark Capital Corporation. Its middle-market leasing business serves large and medium-sized businesses and focuses on technology-based assets. Additionally, the Company operates a small-ticket financing business through its subsidiary, Wirth Business Credit, Inc.

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