Financial Contrast: La-Z-Boy (LZB) vs. Its Rivals

La-Z-Boy (NYSE: LZB) is one of 29 publicly-traded companies in the “HM FURN/APPLI” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare La-Z-Boy to similar companies based on the strength of its valuation, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Recommendations

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This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for La-Z-Boy and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
La-Z-Boy 0 2 1 0 2.33
La-Z-Boy Competitors 90 351 492 36 2.49

La-Z-Boy currently has a consensus price target of $33.00, suggesting a potential upside of 14.78%. As a group, “HM FURN/APPLI” companies have a potential upside of 27.43%. Given La-Z-Boy’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe La-Z-Boy has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Dividends

La-Z-Boy pays an annual dividend of $0.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. La-Z-Boy pays out 31.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “HM FURN/APPLI” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.6% and pay out 48.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

88.5% of La-Z-Boy shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 60.6% of shares of all “HM FURN/APPLI” companies are owned by institutional investors. 3.2% of La-Z-Boy shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 9.2% of shares of all “HM FURN/APPLI” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares La-Z-Boy and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
La-Z-Boy $1.52 billion $85.92 million 18.79
La-Z-Boy Competitors $2.53 billion $129.18 million 35.46

La-Z-Boy’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than La-Z-Boy. La-Z-Boy 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.

Risk and Volatility

La-Z-Boy has a beta of 0.84, meaning that its share price is 16% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, La-Z-Boy’s peers have a beta of 1.32, meaning that their average share price is 32% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares La-Z-Boy and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
La-Z-Boy 4.74% 13.96% 9.53%
La-Z-Boy Competitors 3.70% 13.74% 6.06%

Summary

La-Z-Boy peers beat La-Z-Boy on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

La-Z-Boy Company Profile

La-Z-Boy Incorporated manufactures, markets, imports, exports, distributes and retails upholstery furniture products. The Company also imports, distributes and retails accessories and casegoods (wood) furniture products. The Company’s segments include the Upholstery segment, the Casegoods segment and the Retail segment. The Company is the producer of reclining chairs and manufacturer/distributor of residential furniture in the United States. The Company sells its products, primarily in the United States and Canada, as well as internationally, to furniture retailers and directly to consumers through stores that it owns and operates. The Company has a network of approximately 340 La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries stores and over 560 Comfort Studio locations. The Company owns approximately 120 of the La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries stores. The Company’s other brands include England, Kincaid, American Drew and Hammary.

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