Contrasting Pico (PICO) & The Competition

Pico (NASDAQ: PICO) is one of 22 publicly-traded companies in the “Homebuilding” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Pico to related companies based on the strength of its valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, earnings and risk.

Profitability

This table compares Pico and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Pico -4.85% -0.37% -0.26%
Pico Competitors 9.86% 15.26% 8.30%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

70.2% of Pico shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 78.9% of shares of all “Homebuilding” companies are held by institutional investors. 4.7% of Pico shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 13.1% of shares of all “Homebuilding” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Pico and its rivals revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Pico $362.58 million -$21.86 million -40.48
Pico Competitors $3.83 billion $231.12 million 519.38

Pico’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Pico. Pico 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.

Volatility and Risk

Pico has a beta of 1.23, suggesting that its stock price is 23% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Pico’s rivals have a beta of 1.51, suggesting that their average stock price is 51% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Pico and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Pico 0 0 0 0 N/A
Pico Competitors 266 1628 1887 36 2.44

As a group, “Homebuilding” companies have a potential downside of 1.11%. Given Pico’s rivals higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Pico has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Summary

Pico rivals beat Pico on 9 of the 9 factors compared.

About Pico

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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