Contrasting Pier 1 Imports (PIR) and At Home Group (NASDAQ:HOME)

At Home Group (NASDAQ: HOME) and Pier 1 Imports (NYSE:PIR) are both small-cap cyclical consumer goods & services companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, profitabiliy, risk, valuation, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

87.3% of Pier 1 Imports shares are held by institutional investors. 5.5% of Pier 1 Imports shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for At Home Group and Pier 1 Imports, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
At Home Group 0 3 6 0 2.67
Pier 1 Imports 4 11 2 0 1.88

At Home Group currently has a consensus price target of $23.92, indicating a potential upside of 8.71%. Pier 1 Imports has a consensus price target of $6.08, indicating a potential upside of 28.58%. Given Pier 1 Imports’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Pier 1 Imports is more favorable than At Home Group.

Profitability

This table compares At Home Group and Pier 1 Imports’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
At Home Group 4.74% 7.44% 3.26%
Pier 1 Imports 1.82% 13.96% 4.53%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares At Home Group and Pier 1 Imports’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
At Home Group $805.40 million 1.65 $119.12 million N/A N/A
Pier 1 Imports $1.82 billion 0.21 $134.14 million $0.41 11.54

Pier 1 Imports has higher revenue and earnings than At Home Group.

Dividends

Pier 1 Imports pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.9%. At Home Group does not pay a dividend. Pier 1 Imports pays out 68.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Pier 1 Imports has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Summary

Pier 1 Imports beats At Home Group on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

At Home Group Company Profile

At Home Group, Inc. is a home decor superstore. The Company is focused on providing a range of assortment of products for any room, in any style, for any budget. As of July 30, 2016, the Company offered over 50,000 stock keeping units (SKUs) throughout its stores. As of July 30, 2016, the Company’s store base is consisted of 115 format stores across 29 states and 65 markets, averaging approximately 120,000 square feet per store.

Pier 1 Imports Company Profile

Pier 1 Imports, Inc. is an importer of home decor and furniture. The Company’s operations consist of retail stores and an e-commerce Website conducting business under the name Pier 1 Imports, which sells a range of decorative accessories, furniture, candles, housewares, gifts and seasonal products. The Company’s categories of merchandise include decorative accessories and furniture. The decorative accessories category includes decorative accents and textiles, such as rugs, wall decorations and mirrors, candles, fragrance, gifts and seasonal items. The furniture category includes furniture and furniture cushions to be used in living, dining, office, sunrooms and patios. This merchandise group is generally made of metal or handcrafted natural materials, including rattan, pine, acacia, oak and other woods with either natural, stained, painted or upholstered finishes.

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