Tractor Supply (NASDAQ: TSCO) is one of 21 publicly-traded companies in the “Other Specialty Retailers” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Tractor Supply to related companies based on the strength of its earnings, risk, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Risk & Volatility

Tractor Supply has a beta of 1.3, suggesting that its stock price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Tractor Supply’s competitors have a beta of 1.24, suggesting that their average stock price is 24% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Tractor Supply and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Tractor Supply 6.16% 30.56% 15.64%
Tractor Supply Competitors 21.96% -15.12% 6.27%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Tractor Supply and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Tractor Supply 0 13 8 0 2.38
Tractor Supply Competitors 387 1037 1091 48 2.31

Tractor Supply presently has a consensus price target of $70.63, suggesting a potential upside of 11.60%. As a group, “Other Specialty Retailers” companies have a potential downside of 13.59%. Given Tractor Supply’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Tractor Supply is more favorable than its competitors.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Tractor Supply and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Tractor Supply $7.04 billion $849.82 million 19.06
Tractor Supply Competitors $3.37 billion $363.72 million 4.86

Tractor Supply has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. Tractor Supply 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.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

92.0% of Tractor Supply shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.9% of shares of all “Other Specialty Retailers” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.2% of Tractor Supply shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 22.7% of shares of all “Other Specialty Retailers” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Tractor Supply pays an annual dividend of $1.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Tractor Supply pays out 32.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Other Specialty Retailers” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.1% and pay out 68.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Tractor Supply is clearly a better dividend stock than its competitors, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Summary

Tractor Supply beats its competitors on 11 of the 15 factors compared.

About Tractor Supply

Tractor Supply Company is an operator of rural lifestyle retail stores in the United States. The Company is focused on supplying the needs of recreational farmers and ranchers and others, as well as tradesmen and small businesses. It is engaged in the retail sale of products that support the rural lifestyle. The Company operates retail stores under the names Tractor Supply Company, Del’s Feed & Farm Supply and Petsense, and operates Websites under the names TractorSupply.com and Petsense.com. The Company’s selection of merchandise consists of various product categories, including equine, livestock, pet and small animal products; hardware, truck, towing and tool products; seasonal products, including heating, lawn and garden items, power equipment, gifts and toys; work/recreational clothing and footwear, and maintenance products for agricultural and rural use. Its brands include 4health, JobSmart, Bit & Bridle, Paws & Claws, Blue Mountain, Redstone, Dumor, Equistages and Royal Wing.

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