Latitude 360 (OTCMKTS:LATX) and Home Depot (NYSE:HD) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and valuation.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

69.9% of Home Depot shares are held by institutional investors. 24.5% of Latitude 360 shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.3% of Home Depot shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Latitude 360 and Home Depot’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Latitude 360 N/A N/A N/A
Home Depot 10.00% 664.88% 23.56%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Latitude 360 and Home Depot’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Latitude 360 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Home Depot $100.90 billion 1.93 $8.63 billion $7.46 23.16

Home Depot has higher revenue and earnings than Latitude 360.

Dividends

Home Depot pays an annual dividend of $4.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. Latitude 360 does not pay a dividend. Home Depot pays out 55.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Home Depot has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Latitude 360 and Home Depot, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Latitude 360 0 0 0 0 N/A
Home Depot 0 7 15 0 2.68

Home Depot has a consensus target price of $205.60, suggesting a potential upside of 18.99%. Given Home Depot’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Home Depot is more favorable than Latitude 360.

Summary

Home Depot beats Latitude 360 on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Latitude 360 Company Profile

Latitude 360, Inc. operates as a casual dining restaurant/entertainment company in the United States. The company plans, develops, constructs, and operates restaurant/entertainment venues. Its restaurant/entertainment venues feature a grille and bar; luxury bowling lanes; a dine-in movie theater with home theater-style seating; game room; a dine-in live performance theater; a HD sports theater; a bar with a dance floor and stage for the DJs and regional bands every weekend; and a luxury boutique cigar lounge. The company operates three restaurant/entertainment venues in Jacksonville, Florida, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Indianapolis, Indiana. Its restaurant/entertainment venues serve consumers and corporate clients. The company is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. On January 10, 2017, an involuntary petition for reorganization under Chapter 11 was filed against Latitude 360, Inc. in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida. On February 7, 2017, the involuntary petition was approved by the Court.

Home Depot Company Profile

The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. It operates The Home Depot stores that sell various building materials, home improvement products, lawn and garden products, and d├ęcor products, as well as provide installation, home maintenance, and professional service programs to do-it-yourself and professional customers. The company also offers installation programs that include flooring, cabinets, countertops, water heaters, and sheds; and professional installation in various categories sold through its in-home sales programs, such as roofing, siding, windows, cabinet refacing, furnaces, and central air systems, as well as acts as a contractor to provide installation services to its do-it-for-me customers through third-party installers. In addition, it provides tool and equipment rental services. The company primarily serves home owners; and professional renovators/remodelers, general contractors, handymen, property managers, building service contractors, and specialty tradesmen, such as installers. It also sells its products through online. As of January 28, 2018, the company operated 2,284 stores, including 1,980 in the United States, including the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the territories of the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam; 182 in Canada; and 122 in Mexico. The Home Depot, Inc. was founded in 1978 and is based in Atlanta, Georgia.

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