Pico (NASDAQ: PICO) is one of 23 publicly-traded companies in the “Homebuilding” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Pico to related businesses based on the strength of its risk, valuation, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Volatility & Risk

Pico has a beta of 1.23, suggesting that its share price is 23% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Pico’s competitors have a beta of 1.51, suggesting that their average share price is 51% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

70.2% of Pico shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 79.0% of shares of all “Homebuilding” companies are held by institutional investors. 4.7% of Pico shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 13.1% of shares of all “Homebuilding” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Pico and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Pico $362.58 million -$21.86 million -42.10
Pico Competitors $3.83 billion $231.12 million 458.20

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

Profitability

This table compares Pico and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Pico -4.85% -0.37% -0.26%
Pico Competitors 9.75% 14.94% 7.99%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Pico and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Pico 0 0 0 0 N/A
Pico Competitors 263 1565 1604 26 2.40

As a group, “Homebuilding” companies have a potential upside of 0.06%. Given Pico’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Pico has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Summary

Pico competitors beat Pico on 9 of the 9 factors compared.

Pico Company Profile

PICO Holdings, Inc. (PICO) is a holding company. The Company’s segments include Water Resource and Water Storage Operations; Real Estate Operations, and Corporate. Its subsidiary, Vidler Water Company, Inc. (Vidler), owns water resources and water storage operations in the southwestern United States, with assets and operations in Nevada, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico. The Real Estate Operations are conducted through UCP, Inc. (UCP), which is a homebuilder and land developer in markets located in California, Washington State, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The Corporate segment includes its investments in small businesses, typically venture capital-type situations. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned a membership interest in, and was the managing partner of, Fish Springs Ranch, LLC (FSR), which owned the Fish Springs Ranch and other properties totaling approximately 7,313 acres in Honey Lake Valley in Washoe County, approximately 40 miles north of Reno, Nevada.

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