Reviewing StoneMor (STON) & The Competition

StoneMor (NYSE: STON) is one of 62 public companies in the “Personal services” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare StoneMor to related businesses based on the strength of its risk, valuation, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for StoneMor and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
StoneMor 0 0 0 0 N/A
StoneMor Competitors 270 1049 1648 88 2.51

As a group, “Personal services” companies have a potential upside of 6.53%. Given StoneMor’s rivals higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe StoneMor has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares StoneMor and its rivals revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
StoneMor $279.54 million -$8.36 million -5.72
StoneMor Competitors $776.06 million $57.26 million 26.43

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

85.3% of StoneMor shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 60.8% of shares of all “Personal services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 77.1% of StoneMor shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 19.8% of shares of all “Personal services” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
StoneMor -15.84% N/A -1.21%
StoneMor Competitors -39.39% -99.19% -4.71%

Risk and Volatility

StoneMor has a beta of 1.1, suggesting that its share price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, StoneMor’s rivals have a beta of 1.48, suggesting that their average share price is 48% more volatile than the S&P 500.

StoneMor Company Profile

StoneMor, Inc. owns and manages cemeteries and funeral homes. It operates through the following segments: Cemetery Operations, Funeral Home Operations, and Corporate. The Cemetery Operations segment focuses in the sales of interment rights, cemetery merchandise, which includes markers, bases, vaults, caskets and cremation niches and cemetery services. The Funeral Home Operations segment comprises of funeral home merchandise, which includes caskets and other funeral related items and service revenues, which include services such as family consultation, the removal of and preparation of remains and the use of funeral home facilities for visitation and prayer services. The company was founded on April 29, 2004 and is headquartered in Bensalem, PA.

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