Analyzing Ryland Group (RYL) and New Home (NWHM)

Ryland Group (NYSE: RYL) and New Home (NYSE:NWHM) are both small-cap cyclical consumer goods & services companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, earnings and valuation.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

55.7% of New Home shares are owned by institutional investors. 24.2% of New Home shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Ryland Group and New Home’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ryland Group N/A N/A N/A $3.26 12.52
New Home $694.46 million 0.38 $21.02 million $0.98 12.79

New Home has higher revenue and earnings than Ryland Group. Ryland Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than New Home, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility and Risk

Ryland Group has a beta of 1.6, indicating that its stock price is 60% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, New Home has a beta of 1.87, indicating that its stock price is 87% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Ryland Group and New Home’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ryland Group 6.52% 14.91% 5.79%
New Home 2.73% 9.52% 4.26%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Ryland Group and New Home, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ryland Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
New Home 0 0 0 0 N/A


New Home beats Ryland Group on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Ryland Group

The Ryland Group, Inc. is a homebuilder and a mortgage-finance company. RMC Mortgage Corporation and its subsidiaries (RMCMC) and Ryland Mortgage Company provides mortgage financing and related services for more than 255,000 homebuyers. The Company consists of six reportable segments: four geographically determined homebuilding regions; financial services, and corporate. The Company’s business is conducted and located in the United States, and its operations span all aspects of the homebuying process from design, construction and sale to mortgage origination, title and escrow services. The Company generally builds homes for entry-level buyers and first and second-time move-up buyers. The financial services segment provides mortgage-related products and services, as well as title and escrow services, to its homebuyers. Corporate is a non-operating business segment, which is engaged in supporting operations.

About New Home

The New Home Company Inc. is a homebuilding company. The Company focuses on the design, construction and sale of consumer-driven homes in various metropolitan areas within certain markets in California and Arizona, including coastal Southern California, the San Francisco Bay area, metro Sacramento and the greater Phoenix area. The Company’s segments include homebuilding and fee building. The homebuilding operations consist of divisions in Northern California, Southern California and its division in Arizona, which is established through the purchase of lots in an unconsolidated joint venture. The Company is focused on building and selling homes for its own account. It is focused on identifying sites and creating communities that allow it to design, construct and sell consumer-driven single-family detached and attached homes in major metropolitan areas in coastal Southern California, the San Francisco Bay area, metro Sacramento and the greater Phoenix area.

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