Pico (PICO) and Its Competitors Critical Analysis
Pico (NASDAQ: PICO) is one of 23 publicly-traded companies in the “Homebuilding” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Pico to related companies based on the strength of its profitability, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation and risk.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
70.2% of Pico shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 78.9% of shares of all “Homebuilding” companies are owned by institutional investors. 4.7% of Pico shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 13.1% 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.
Risk & Volatility
Pico has a beta of 1.23, indicating that its stock price is 23% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Pico’s peers have a beta of 1.52, indicating that their average stock price is 52% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a summary of current recommendations for Pico and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
As a group, “Homebuilding” companies have a potential downside of 0.72%. Given Pico’s peers higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Pico has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Pico and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Net Income||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Pico||$362.58 million||-$21.86 million||-40.48|
|Pico Competitors||$3.89 billion||$231.12 million||518.47|
Pico’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Pico. Pico 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.
This table compares Pico and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Pico peers beat Pico on 9 of the 9 factors compared.
Pico 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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