Critical Review: Interface (TILE) versus The Competition

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

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96.1% of Interface shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.8% of shares of all “HM FURN/APPLI” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.9% of Interface shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 9.6% of shares of all “HM FURN/APPLI” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Interface and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Interface 0 1 1 0 2.50
Interface Competitors 90 351 492 36 2.49

Interface currently has a consensus target price of $25.50, suggesting a potential upside of 3.45%. As a group, “HM FURN/APPLI” companies have a potential upside of 27.74%. Given Interface’s peers higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Interface has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Profitability

This table compares Interface and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Interface 5.34% 22.08% 9.26%
Interface Competitors 3.70% 13.74% 6.06%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Interface and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Interface $996.44 million $53.24 million 29.00
Interface Competitors $2.53 billion $129.18 million 35.46

Interface’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Interface. Interface 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.

Dividends

Interface pays an annual dividend of $0.26 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Interface pays out 30.6% 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.

Volatility & Risk

Interface has a beta of 1.26, meaning that its share price is 26% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Interface’s peers have a beta of 1.32, meaning that their average share price is 32% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Interface peers beat Interface on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

About Interface

Interface Inc. is engaged in design, production and sale of modular carpet, also known as carpet tile. As of January 1, 2017, the Company marketed its modular carpets in over 110 countries under the brand names Interface and FLOR. The Company operates through three segments: Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific. The Company distributes its products through two primary channels, including direct sales to end users and indirect sales through independent contractors or distributors. The Company sells an antimicrobial chemical compound under the trademark Intersept that the Company incorporates in all of its modular carpet products. It also sells its TacTiles carpet tile installation system, along with a range of traditional adhesives and products for carpet installation and maintenance that are manufactured by a third party. It also provides turnkey project management services for national accounts and other customers through its InterfaceSERVICES business.

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