PICO Holdings (NASDAQ: PICO) is one of 23 publicly-traded companies in the “Homebuilding” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare PICO Holdings to similar businesses based on the strength of its profitability, valuation, risk, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

71.1% of PICO Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 81.1% of shares of all “Homebuilding” companies are owned by institutional investors. 4.7% of PICO Holdings shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 14.3% of shares of all “Homebuilding” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares PICO Holdings and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
PICO Holdings $362.58 million -$21.86 million -252.14
PICO Holdings Competitors $3.85 billion $231.04 million 504.59

PICO Holdings’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than PICO Holdings. PICO Holdings 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

PICO Holdings has a beta of 1.28, indicating that its share price is 28% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, PICO Holdings’ peers have a beta of 1.51, indicating that their average share price is 51% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares PICO Holdings and its peers’ 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 9.97% 14.88% 8.14%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for PICO Holdings and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
PICO Holdings 0 0 0 0 N/A
PICO Holdings Competitors 261 1591 1868 36 2.45

As a group, “Homebuilding” companies have a potential upside of 0.75%. Given PICO Holdings’ peers higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe PICO Holdings has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Summary

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

About PICO Holdings

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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