Whirlpool (NYSE: WHR) is one of 29 publicly-traded companies in the “HM FURN/APPLI” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Whirlpool to similar businesses based on the strength of its earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends and valuation.
Whirlpool pays an annual dividend of $4.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.8%. Whirlpool pays out 96.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “HM FURN/APPLI” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.5% and pay out 48.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Whirlpool has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.
This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Whirlpool and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.
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Whirlpool presently has a consensus target price of $189.40, indicating a potential upside of 20.44%. As a group, “HM FURN/APPLI” companies have a potential upside of 21.06%. Given Whirlpool’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Whirlpool has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
90.2% of Whirlpool shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.8% of shares of all “HM FURN/APPLI” companies are owned by institutional investors. 2.8% of Whirlpool shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 9.6% of shares of all “HM FURN/APPLI” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Whirlpool and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
Whirlpool has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Whirlpool 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.
Volatility & Risk
Whirlpool has a beta of 1.84, indicating that its stock price is 84% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Whirlpool’s peers have a beta of 1.32, indicating that their average stock price is 32% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares Whirlpool and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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Whirlpool peers beat Whirlpool on 9 of the 15 factors compared.
Whirlpool Corporation is a manufacturer and marketer of home appliances. The Company’s segments include North America; Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA); Latin America, and Asia. In North America, the Company markets and distributes home appliances and small domestic appliances under a range of brand names. In EMEA, it markets and distributes its home appliances primarily under the Whirlpool, Bauknecht, Ignis, Maytag, Laden, Indesit and Privileg brand names, and domestic appliances under the KitchenAid, Hotpoint and Hotpoint-Ariston brand names. In Latin America, it markets and distributes its home appliances and small domestic appliances primarily under the Consul, Brastemp, Whirlpool and KitchenAid brand names. The Company markets and distributes its products in Asia primarily under the Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Amana, Bauknecht, Jenn-Air, Diqua and Royalstar brand names. It manufactures and markets a line of home appliances and related products.
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