PriceSmart (NASDAQ: PSMT) is one of 12 publicly-traded companies in the “Variety stores” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare PriceSmart to related businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, earnings and dividends.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares PriceSmart and its rivals revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
PriceSmart’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than PriceSmart. PriceSmart is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.
Risk & Volatility
PriceSmart has a beta of 1.22, meaning that its share price is 22% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, PriceSmart’s rivals have a beta of 0.89, meaning that their average share price is 11% less volatile than the S&P 500.
PriceSmart pays an annual dividend of $0.70 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. PriceSmart pays out 23.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Variety stores” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.6% and pay out 36.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.
This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for PriceSmart and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.
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PriceSmart presently has a consensus price target of $91.67, suggesting a potential upside of 3.70%. As a group, “Variety stores” companies have a potential upside of 3.99%. Given PriceSmart’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe PriceSmart has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
78.0% of PriceSmart shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 76.5% of shares of all “Variety stores” companies are owned by institutional investors. 28.0% of PriceSmart shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 13.9% of shares of all “Variety stores” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
This table compares PriceSmart and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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PriceSmart rivals beat PriceSmart on 9 of the 15 factors compared.
PriceSmart, Inc. owns and operates the U.S.-style membership shopping warehouse clubs in Latin America and the Caribbean. The company's warehouse clubs offer brand name and private label consumer goods to individuals and businesses. As of October 26, 2017, it operated 40 warehouse clubs comprising 7 each in Colombia and Costa Rica; 5 in Panama; 4 in Trinidad; 3 each in Guatemala, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic; 2 in El Salvador and Nicaragua; and 1 each in Aruba, Barbados, Jamaica, and the United States Virgin Islands. PriceSmart, Inc. was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in San Diego, California.
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