PriceSmart (PSMT) versus Its Peers Head-To-Head Contrast

PriceSmart (NASDAQ: PSMT) is one of 12 public companies in the “Variety stores” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare PriceSmart to similar businesses based on the strength of its dividends, valuation, risk, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Earnings and Valuation

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This table compares PriceSmart and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
PriceSmart $3.00 billion $90.72 million 29.77
PriceSmart Competitors $65.63 billion $1.74 billion 21.49

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for PriceSmart and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
PriceSmart 0 3 2 0 2.40
PriceSmart Competitors 163 1261 1689 90 2.53

PriceSmart currently has a consensus target price of $91.67, suggesting a potential upside of 3.34%. As a group, “Variety stores” companies have a potential upside of 5.01%. Given PriceSmart’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe PriceSmart has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Risk and Volatility

PriceSmart has a beta of 1.22, suggesting that its share price is 22% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, PriceSmart’s rivals have a beta of 0.89, suggesting that their average share price is 11% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares PriceSmart and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
PriceSmart 2.92% 12.61% 7.52%
PriceSmart Competitors 3.80% 15.06% 6.65%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

77.3% of PriceSmart shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 76.5% of shares of all “Variety stores” companies are held by institutional investors. 28.0% of PriceSmart shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 13.9% of shares of all “Variety stores” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

PriceSmart pays an annual dividend of $0.70 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. PriceSmart pays out 23.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Variety stores” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.6% and pay out 36.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

PriceSmart rivals beat PriceSmart on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

About PriceSmart

PriceSmart, Inc. owns and operates the U.S.-style membership shopping warehouse clubs in Latin America and the Caribbean. The company's warehouse clubs offer brand name and private label consumer goods to individuals and businesses. As of October 26, 2017, it operated 40 warehouse clubs comprising 7 each in Colombia and Costa Rica; 5 in Panama; 4 in Trinidad; 3 each in Guatemala, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic; 2 in El Salvador and Nicaragua; and 1 each in Aruba, Barbados, Jamaica, and the United States Virgin Islands. PriceSmart, Inc. was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in San Diego, California.

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