Head to Head Comparison: Virco Mfg. (VIRC) and Dixie Group (DXYN)

Virco Mfg. (NASDAQ: VIRC) and Dixie Group (NASDAQ:DXYN) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk and profitability.

Earnings & Valuation

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This table compares Virco Mfg. and Dixie Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Virco Mfg. $173.42 million 0.38 $22.76 million $0.01 430.43
Dixie Group $412.46 million 0.11 -$9.55 million ($0.60) -4.83

Virco Mfg. has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Dixie Group. Dixie Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Virco Mfg., indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Virco Mfg. and Dixie Group, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Virco Mfg. 0 0 0 0 N/A
Dixie Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

Virco Mfg. presently has a consensus price target of $6.00, suggesting a potential upside of 39.53%. Given Virco Mfg.’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Virco Mfg. is more favorable than Dixie Group.

Dividends

Virco Mfg. pays an annual dividend of $0.06 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. Dixie Group does not pay a dividend. Virco Mfg. pays out 600.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Risk & Volatility

Virco Mfg. has a beta of -0.07, suggesting that its stock price is 107% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Dixie Group has a beta of 0.37, suggesting that its stock price is 63% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Virco Mfg. and Dixie Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Virco Mfg. 0.19% 0.58% 0.27%
Dixie Group -2.32% -1.35% -0.40%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

30.2% of Virco Mfg. shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.1% of Dixie Group shares are held by institutional investors. 12.2% of Virco Mfg. shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 16.0% of Dixie Group shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Virco Mfg. beats Dixie Group on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Virco Mfg.

Virco Mfg. Corporation (Virco) is engaged in the designing, producing and distributing of furniture for a range family of customers. The Company is a manufacturer and supplier of moveable educational furniture and equipment for the preschool through 12th grade market in the United States. It manufactures an assortment of products, including mobile tables, mobile storage equipment, desks, computer furniture, chairs, folding chairs and folding tables. Its primary furniture lines are constructed of tubular metal legs and frames, combined with wood and plastic tops, plastic seats and backs, upholstered seats and backs, and upholstered rigid polyethylene and polypropylene shells. Virco also has flat metal forming capabilities to enable the production of desks, returns, bookcases, filing cabinets, mobile pedestals and related items. Its ZUMA line includes cantilever chairs; tablet arm chairs with a fixed or articulating work surface and a compact footprint, and steel-frame rockers.

About Dixie Group

The Dixie Group, Inc. is engaged in marketing, manufacturing and selling of carpet and rugs. The Company offers its products to various residential and commercial customers through its various sales forces and brands. The Company operates through the carpet and rug manufacturing segment. The Company also provides carpet and yarn related services to other manufacturers. The Company’s brands include Fabrica, Masland Residential, Dixie Home, Atlas Carpet Mills, Masland Contract and Masland Hospitality. Dixie International sells its brands outside of the North American market. Fabrica markets and manufactures various residential carpet and custom rugs. Masland Contract markets and manufactures broadloom and modular carpet tile for the specified commercial marketplace. Masland Residential markets and manufactures design-driven specialty carpets and rugs for the residential marketplace. Dixie Home markets a range of tufted broadloom residential and commercial carpets.

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