Lowe’s (NYSE: LOW) and Travis Perkins (OTCMKTS:TVPKF) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, valuation, profitability and institutional ownership.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Lowe’s and Travis Perkins’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
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Lowe’s has higher revenue and earnings than Travis Perkins. Travis Perkins is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Lowe’s, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Volatility and Risk
Lowe’s has a beta of 1.32, meaning that its share price is 32% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Travis Perkins has a beta of 0.61, meaning that its share price is 39% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Lowe’s pays an annual dividend of $1.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. Travis Perkins does not pay a dividend. Lowe’s pays out 37.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Lowe’s has raised its dividend for 55 consecutive years.
This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Lowe’s and Travis Perkins, as reported by MarketBeat.
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Lowe’s presently has a consensus price target of $98.36, indicating a potential upside of 17.62%. Given Lowe’s’ higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Lowe’s is more favorable than Travis Perkins.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
73.8% of Lowe’s shares are held by institutional investors. 0.1% of Lowe’s shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
This table compares Lowe’s and Travis Perkins’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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Lowe’s beats Travis Perkins on 15 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.
Lowe’s Company Profile
Lowe's Companies, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a home improvement retailer in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. It offers a line of products for maintenance, repair, remodeling, and decorating. The company provides home improvement products in various categories, such as lumber and building materials, tools and hardware, appliances, fashion fixtures, rough plumbing and electrical, seasonal and outdoor living, lawn and garden, paint, millwork, flooring, and kitchens, as well as outdoor power equipment. It also offers installation services through independent contractors in various product categories; extended protection plans; and in-warranty and out-of-warranty repair services. The company sells its national brand-name merchandise and private branded products to homeowners, renters, and professional customers. As of March 26, 2018, it operated 2,390 home improvement and hardware stores. The company also sells its products through online sites comprising Lowes.com and Lowesforpros.com; and through mobile applications. Lowe's Companies, Inc. was founded in 1946 and is based in Mooresville, North Carolina.
Travis Perkins Company Profile
Travis Perkins plc operates as a builders merchant and home improvement product retailer in the United Kingdom. The companys General Merchanting division supplies building materials for various types of repair, maintenance, and improvement projects, as well as new residential and commercial constructions. It serves sole traders and national housebuilders under the Travis Perkins and Benchmarx brands. This division also supplies kitchens and joinery products to specialist joiners, local authorities, and house builders. Its Contracts division supplies civils, heavy building materials, and drainage solutions to trade professionals and specialist contractors; drywall solutions, insulation products, interior partitions, and external rendering and cladding products to the dry lining, insulation installer, and internal fit out contractors; and pipeline, heating, and mechanical services equipment. This division offers its products under the Keyline, BSS, and CCF brands. The companys Consumer division supplies domestic building and decorative materials to DIY and trade customers. This divisions brands include Wickes, Toolstations, and Tile Giant. Its Plumbing & Heating division supplies plumbing, heating, and bathroom products to plumbers, independent merchants, large plumbing contractors, and local authorities. It also supplies hand tools, clothing, and site equipment; and distributes renewables technology, as well as provides integrated solutions for low carbon construction, energy efficient buildings, and renewable energy projects. This division offers its products primarily under its iflo brand name. Travis Perkins plc sells its products through its stores, as well as through online. The company was formerly known as Sandell Perkins Public Limited Company and changed its name to Travis Perkins plc in October 1988. Travis Perkins plc was founded in 1797 and is headquartered in Northampton, the United Kingdom.
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