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

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
PICO Holdings $362.58 million -$21.86 million -56.93
PICO Holdings Competitors $3.85 billion $247.94 million 516.73

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

Profitability

This table compares PICO Holdings and its rivals’ 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 10.13% 14.75% 8.11%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for PICO Holdings and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
PICO Holdings 0 0 0 0 N/A
PICO Holdings Competitors 262 1600 1869 36 2.45

As a group, “Homebuilding” companies have a potential downside of 0.37%. Given PICO Holdings’ rivals higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe PICO Holdings has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

70.9% of PICO Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 80.6% of shares of all “Homebuilding” companies are held by institutional investors. 4.7% of PICO Holdings shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 14.3% of shares of all “Homebuilding” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

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

Summary

PICO Holdings rivals 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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