PriceSmart (NASDAQ: PSMT) is one of 12 public companies in the “Variety stores” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare PriceSmart to similar businesses based on the strength of its profitability, earnings, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, valuation and analyst recommendations.
Risk and Volatility
PriceSmart has a beta of 1.22, indicating that its stock price is 22% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, PriceSmart’s competitors have a beta of 0.89, indicating that their average stock price is 11% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares PriceSmart and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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Insider & Institutional Ownership
77.3% of PriceSmart shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 76.5% of shares of all “Variety stores” companies are held by institutional investors. 28.0% of PriceSmart shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 13.8% of shares of all “Variety stores” companies are held by 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.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares PriceSmart and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
PriceSmart’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than PriceSmart. PriceSmart is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.
PriceSmart pays an annual dividend of $0.70 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. PriceSmart pays out 23.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Variety stores” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.6% and pay out 36.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.
This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for PriceSmart and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
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PriceSmart presently has a consensus target price of $91.67, indicating a potential upside of 3.90%. As a group, “Variety stores” companies have a potential upside of 6.29%. Given PriceSmart’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe PriceSmart has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.
PriceSmart competitors beat PriceSmart on 9 of the 15 factors compared.
PriceSmart, Inc. owns and operates the U.S.-style membership shopping warehouse clubs in Latin America and the Caribbean. The company's warehouse clubs offer brand name and private label consumer goods to individuals and businesses. As of October 26, 2017, it operated 40 warehouse clubs comprising 7 each in Colombia and Costa Rica; 5 in Panama; 4 in Trinidad; 3 each in Guatemala, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic; 2 in El Salvador and Nicaragua; and 1 each in Aruba, Barbados, Jamaica, and the United States Virgin Islands. PriceSmart, Inc. was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in San Diego, California.
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