Head to Head Analysis: PICO Holdings (PICO) vs. Its Peers

PICO Holdings (NASDAQ: PICO) is one of 24 public companies in the “Homebuilding” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare PICO Holdings to related companies based on the strength of its dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, risk, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Volatility & Risk

PICO Holdings has a beta of 1.28, indicating that its stock price is 28% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, PICO Holdings’ competitors have a beta of 1.52, indicating that their average stock price is 52% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares PICO Holdings and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
PICO Holdings $362.58 million -$21.86 million -56.13
PICO Holdings Competitors $3.83 billion $228.40 million 506.49

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for PICO Holdings and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
PICO Holdings 0 0 0 0 N/A
PICO Holdings Competitors 281 1665 1912 38 2.44

As a group, “Homebuilding” companies have a potential downside of 1.43%. Given PICO Holdings’ competitors higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe PICO Holdings has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Profitability

This table compares PICO Holdings and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
PICO Holdings -4.85% -0.37% -0.26%
PICO Holdings Competitors 9.74% 14.79% 7.94%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

70.9% of PICO Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 78.4% of shares of all “Homebuilding” companies are owned by institutional investors. 4.7% of PICO Holdings shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 13.1% of shares of all “Homebuilding” companies are owned by 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.

Summary

PICO Holdings competitors beat PICO Holdings on 9 of the 9 factors compared.

PICO Holdings Company Profile

PICO Holdings, Inc. (PICO) is a holding company. The Company’s segments include Water Resource and Water Storage Operations; Real Estate Operations, and Corporate. Its subsidiary, Vidler Water Company, Inc. (Vidler), owns water resources and water storage operations in the southwestern United States, with assets and operations in Nevada, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico. The Real Estate Operations are conducted through UCP, Inc. (UCP), which is a homebuilder and land developer in markets located in California, Washington State, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The Corporate segment includes its investments in small businesses, typically venture capital-type situations. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned a membership interest in, and was the managing partner of, Fish Springs Ranch, LLC (FSR), which owned the Fish Springs Ranch and other properties totaling approximately 7,313 acres in Honey Lake Valley in Washoe County, approximately 40 miles north of Reno, Nevada.

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