Reviewing Thor Industries (THO) and Century Communities (CCS)

Thor Industries (NYSE: THO) and Century Communities (NYSE:CCS) are both construction companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation, dividends and institutional ownership.

Dividends

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Thor Industries pays an annual dividend of $1.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. Century Communities does not pay a dividend. Thor Industries pays out 17.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Century Communities has raised its dividend for 8 consecutive years.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Thor Industries and Century Communities’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Thor Industries $7.25 billion 0.84 $374.25 million $8.31 13.94
Century Communities $1.41 billion 0.63 $50.29 million $2.03 14.90

Thor Industries has higher revenue and earnings than Century Communities. Thor Industries is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Century Communities, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

85.3% of Thor Industries shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 78.9% of Century Communities shares are held by institutional investors. 6.6% of Thor Industries shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 23.2% of Century Communities shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Thor Industries has a beta of 1.26, suggesting that its share price is 26% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Century Communities has a beta of 1.13, suggesting that its share price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Thor Industries and Century Communities’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Thor Industries 5.38% 28.42% 17.41%
Century Communities 3.55% 11.79% 4.89%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Thor Industries and Century Communities, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Thor Industries 1 3 7 0 2.55
Century Communities 0 0 6 0 3.00

Thor Industries currently has a consensus target price of $130.00, indicating a potential upside of 12.21%. Century Communities has a consensus target price of $36.75, indicating a potential upside of 21.49%. Given Century Communities’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Century Communities is more favorable than Thor Industries.

Summary

Thor Industries beats Century Communities on 11 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Thor Industries

Thor Industries, Inc. manufactures a range of recreational vehicles (RVs) in the United States and sells those vehicles primarily in the United States and Canada. The Company’s segments include towable recreational vehicles, which consists of the operations of Airstream, Inc. (Airstream) (towable); Heartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC (Heartland) (including Bison Coach, LLC (Bison), Cruiser RV, LLC (CRV) and DRV, LLC (DRV)); Jayco, Corp. (Jayco) (including Jayco towable, Starcraft and Highland Ridge), Keystone RV Company (Keystone) (including CrossRoads and Dutchmen) and K.Z., Inc. (KZ) (including Livin’ Lite RV, Inc. (Livin’ Lite)); motorized recreational vehicles, which consists of the operations of Airstream (motorized), Jayco (including Jayco motorized and Entegra Coach) and Thor Motor Coach, Inc. (Thor Motor Coach), and Other, which includes the operations of its subsidiary, Postle Operating, LLC (Postle).

About Century Communities

Century Communities, Inc. engages in homebuilding business in Atlanta, Central Texas, Colorado, Houston, Nevada, and Utah. It is involved in the development, design, construction, marketing, and sale of single-family attached and detached homes, as well as entitlement and development of land. The company sells homes through its sales representatives, as well as through independent real estate brokers. Century Communities, Inc. was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Greenwood Village, Colorado.

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