Head to Head Survey: PulteGroup (PHM) versus The Competition

PulteGroup (NYSE: PHM) is one of 23 public companies in the “Homebuilding” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare PulteGroup to similar businesses based on the strength of its risk, valuation, earnings, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

84.8% of PulteGroup shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 78.9% of shares of all “Homebuilding” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.7% of PulteGroup shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 13.1% of shares of all “Homebuilding” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for PulteGroup and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
PulteGroup 2 7 5 0 2.21
PulteGroup Competitors 265 1626 1886 36 2.44

PulteGroup currently has a consensus price target of $28.80, indicating a potential downside of 15.14%. As a group, “Homebuilding” companies have a potential downside of 74.33%. Given PulteGroup’s higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe PulteGroup is more favorable than its rivals.

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
PulteGroup $7.67 billion $602.70 million 16.89
PulteGroup Competitors $3.83 billion $231.12 million 5,821.64

PulteGroup has higher revenue and earnings than its rivals. PulteGroup 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.

Dividends

PulteGroup pays an annual dividend of $0.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. PulteGroup pays out 17.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Homebuilding” companies pay a dividend yield of 0.8% and pay out 14.5% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. PulteGroup has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
PulteGroup 7.77% 14.38% 6.53%
PulteGroup Competitors 9.89% 14.79% 8.04%

Volatility & Risk

PulteGroup has a beta of 1.21, suggesting that its stock price is 21% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, PulteGroup’s rivals have a beta of 1.51, suggesting that their average stock price is 51% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

PulteGroup rivals beat PulteGroup on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

About PulteGroup

PulteGroup, Inc. is a homebuilder in the United States. The Company’s segments include Homebuilding and Financial Services. Its Homebuilding operations are engaged in the acquisition and development of land primarily for residential purposes within the United States and the construction of housing on such land. Its Financial Services operations consist principally of mortgage banking and title operations. The Company conducts its financial services business, through Pulte Mortgage LLC (Pulte Mortgage) and other subsidiaries. Pulte Mortgage arranges financing through the origination of mortgage loans. The Company’s subsidiaries are engaged in the homebuilding business. It offers a product line to meet the needs of homebuyers in its focused markets. Through its brands, which include Centex, Pulte Homes, Del Webb, DiVosta Homes, and John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods, the Company offers a range of home designs, including single-family detached, townhouses, condominiums and duplexes.

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