Cavco Industries (NASDAQ:CVCO) and Nobility Homes (OTCMKTS:NOBH) are both small-cap construction companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends and valuation.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Cavco Industries and Nobility Homes’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cavco Industries $871.23 million 1.83 $61.50 million N/A N/A
Nobility Homes $37.54 million 2.27 $3.30 million N/A N/A

Cavco Industries has higher revenue and earnings than Nobility Homes.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

90.3% of Cavco Industries shares are owned by institutional investors. 8.5% of Cavco Industries shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 66.4% of Nobility Homes shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

Cavco Industries has a beta of 1.69, suggesting that its share price is 69% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Nobility Homes has a beta of -0.09, suggesting that its share price is 109% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Nobility Homes pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Cavco Industries does not pay a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Cavco Industries and Nobility Homes, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cavco Industries 0 1 0 0 2.00
Nobility Homes 0 0 0 0 N/A

Cavco Industries currently has a consensus price target of $170.00, suggesting a potential downside of 3.02%. Given Cavco Industries’ higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Cavco Industries is more favorable than Nobility Homes.

Profitability

This table compares Cavco Industries and Nobility Homes’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cavco Industries 8.28% 15.72% 10.74%
Nobility Homes 10.57% 8.94% 7.83%

Summary

Cavco Industries beats Nobility Homes on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Cavco Industries

Cavco Industries, Inc. designs, produces, and retails manufactured homes primarily in the United States. It operates in two segments, Factory-Built Housing and Financial Services. The company markets its manufactured homes under the Cavco Homes, Fleetwood Homes, Palm Harbor Homes, Fairmont Homes, Friendship Homes, Chariot Eagle, and Lexington Home brands. It also builds park model RVs; vacation cabins; and systems-built commercial structures, including apartment buildings, condominiums, hotels, workforce housing, schools, and housing for the United States military troops. In addition, the company produces modular homes, such as single and multi-module ranch, split-level, and Cape Cod style homes, as well as two and three story homes and multi-family units primarily under the Nationwide Homes brand. Further, it provides conforming mortgages, non-conforming mortgages, and home-only loans to purchasers of various brands of factory-built homes sold by company-owned retail sales centers, as well as various independent retailers, builders, communities, and developers. Additionally, the company offers property and casualty insurance to owners of manufactured homes. As of March 31, 2018, it operated 39 retail centers in Oregon, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, and Florida, Texas. The company also distributes its homes through a network of independent distribution points in 47 states, as well as Canada and Japan; and through planned community operators and residential developers. Cavco Industries, Inc. was founded in 1965 and is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona.

About Nobility Homes

Nobility Homes, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and sells various manufactured and modular homes in Florida. It markets its homes under the Kingswood, Richwood, Tropic Isle, Regency Manor, and Special Edition trade names. The company sells its manufactured homes through a network of its own retail sales centers; and on a wholesale basis to independent manufactured home retail dealers and manufactured home communities. In addition, it offers retail insurance services, which involve placing various types of insurance, such as property and casualty, automobile, and extended home warranty coverage with insurance underwriters on behalf of its customers in connection with their purchase and financing of manufactured homes, as well as operates as a licensed mortgage loan originator. As of November 5, 2016, the company operated 10 retail sales centers in Ocala, Chiefland, Auburndale, Inverness, Hudson, Tavares, Yulee, Panama City, and Punta Gorda. Nobility Homes, Inc. was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in Ocala, Florida.

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