Comparing Potlatch (PCH) and Its Rivals

Potlatch (NASDAQ: PCH) is one of 82 publicly-traded companies in the “BUILDING PRODS” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Potlatch to similar businesses based on the strength of its valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, risk and profitability.

Risk & Volatility

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Potlatch has a beta of 1.36, suggesting that its stock price is 36% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Potlatch’s competitors have a beta of 1.30, suggesting that their average stock price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Potlatch pays an annual dividend of $1.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.2%. Potlatch pays out 76.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “BUILDING PRODS” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.6% and pay out 32.4% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Potlatch and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Potlatch $678.59 million $86.45 million 24.02
Potlatch Competitors $3.38 billion $212.39 million 2.73

Potlatch’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Potlatch. Potlatch is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Potlatch and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Potlatch 12.74% 55.47% 10.52%
Potlatch Competitors 5.14% 38.42% 5.14%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Potlatch and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Potlatch 2 3 1 0 1.83
Potlatch Competitors 425 1954 2234 97 2.43

Potlatch currently has a consensus target price of $50.20, indicating a potential downside of 0.50%. As a group, “BUILDING PRODS” companies have a potential upside of 14.89%. Given Potlatch’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Potlatch has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

89.8% of Potlatch shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.2% of shares of all “BUILDING PRODS” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.5% of Potlatch shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 12.1% of shares of all “BUILDING PRODS” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Potlatch competitors beat Potlatch on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

Potlatch Company Profile

PotlatchDeltic Corp, formerly Potlatch Corporation, is a real estate investment trust (REIT), which is primarily engaged in activities associated with timberland management, including the sale of timber, management of timberlands, and purchase and sale of timberlands. The Company is also engaged in the manufacture and sale of wood products. It operates through three segments: Resource, Wood Products and Real Estate. Its primary objectives include using its timberland investments to generate income and maximizing the long-term value of its assets. Its Resource segment manages its timberlands. Its Wood Products segment manufactures and markets lumber, plywood and residual products at mills located in Arkansas, Idaho, Michigan and Minnesota. The activities of its Real Estate segment consist primarily of the sale of non-core timberlands in the categories of higher and better use (HBU), rural recreational real estate and non-strategic properties.

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