Head to Head Comparison: Leggett & Platt (LEG) versus Its Competitors

Leggett & Platt (NYSE: LEG) is one of 29 publicly-traded companies in the “HM FURN/APPLI” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Leggett & Platt to related businesses based on the strength of its profitability, institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends and earnings.

Profitability

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This table compares Leggett & Platt and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Leggett & Platt 7.42% 29.44% 10.12%
Leggett & Platt Competitors 3.70% 13.74% 6.06%

Dividends

Leggett & Platt pays an annual dividend of $1.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.3%. Leggett & Platt pays out 67.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “HM FURN/APPLI” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.5% and pay out 45.8% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Leggett & Platt has increased its dividend for 46 consecutive years.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

73.6% of Leggett & Platt shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 60.6% of shares of all “HM FURN/APPLI” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.8% of Leggett & Platt shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 9.1% of shares of all “HM FURN/APPLI” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

Leggett & Platt has a beta of 0.95, indicating that its share price is 5% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Leggett & Platt’s peers have a beta of 1.32, indicating that their average share price is 32% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Leggett & Platt and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Leggett & Platt $3.94 billion $292.60 million 20.25
Leggett & Platt Competitors $2.53 billion $129.18 million 35.46

Leggett & Platt has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Leggett & Platt 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Leggett & Platt and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Leggett & Platt 0 3 3 0 2.50
Leggett & Platt Competitors 90 351 492 36 2.49

Leggett & Platt currently has a consensus price target of $54.67, indicating a potential upside of 26.75%. As a group, “HM FURN/APPLI” companies have a potential upside of 26.95%. Given Leggett & Platt’s peers higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Leggett & Platt has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Summary

Leggett & Platt beats its peers on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

Leggett & Platt Company Profile

Leggett & Platt, Incorporated is a manufacturer that conceives, designs and produces a range of engineered components and products found in homes, offices and automobiles. The Company operates in four segments: Residential Furnishings, Commercial Products, Industrial Materials and Specialized Products. Its brands include ComfortCore, Mira-Coil, VertiCoil, Quantum, Nanocoil, Lura-Flex and Active Support Technology, which includes mattress innersprings; Semi-Flex, which includes box spring components and foundations; Spuhl, which includes mattress innerspring manufacturing machines; Wall Hugger, which includes recliner chair mechanisms; Super Sagless, which includes motion and sofa sleeper mechanisms; No-Sag, which includes wire forms used in seating; LPSense, which includes capacitive sensing; Hanes, which includes fabric materials; Schukra, Pullmaflex and Flex-O-Lator, which includes automotive seating products, and Gribetz and Porter, which includes quilting and sewing machines.

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