Reviewing AutoZone (AZO) and MarineMax (HZO)

AutoZone (NYSE: AZO) and MarineMax (NYSE:HZO) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, earnings and profitability.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares AutoZone and MarineMax’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
AutoZone $10.89 billion 1.62 $1.28 billion $43.04 15.02
MarineMax $1.05 billion 0.61 $23.54 million $1.00 23.90

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

Volatility & Risk

AutoZone has a beta of 0.85, indicating that its stock price is 15% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, MarineMax has a beta of 1.08, indicating that its stock price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares AutoZone and MarineMax’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AutoZone 12.00% -88.86% 14.37%
MarineMax 2.62% 9.61% 4.56%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for AutoZone and MarineMax, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AutoZone 1 9 11 1 2.55
MarineMax 0 1 5 1 3.00

AutoZone presently has a consensus target price of $741.23, indicating a potential upside of 14.69%. MarineMax has a consensus target price of $24.40, indicating a potential upside of 2.09%. Given AutoZone’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe AutoZone is more favorable than MarineMax.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

94.8% of AutoZone shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 90.8% of MarineMax shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.6% of AutoZone shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 5.0% of MarineMax shares are owned 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.

Summary

AutoZone beats MarineMax on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

AutoZone Company Profile

AutoZone, Inc. retails and distributes automotive replacement parts and accessories. It offers various products for cars, sport utility vehicles, vans, and light trucks, including new and remanufactured automotive hard parts, maintenance items, accessories, and non-automotive products. The company's products include A/C compressors, batteries and accessories, bearings, belts and hoses, calipers, carburetors, chassis, clutches, CV axles, engines, fuel pumps, fuses, ignition and lighting products, mufflers, radiators, thermostats, starters and alternators, and water pumps. It also offers maintenance products, such as antifreeze and windshield washer fluids; brake drums, rotors, shoes, and pads; brake and power steering fluids, and oil and fuel additives; oil and transmission fluids; oil, air, fuel, and transmission filters; oxygen sensors; paints and accessories; refrigerants and accessories; shock absorbers and struts; spark plugs and wires; and windshield wipers, as well as air fresheners, cell phone accessories, drinks and snacks, floor mats and seat covers, interior and exterior accessories, mirrors, performance products, protectants and cleaners, sealants and adhesives, steering wheel covers, stereos and radios, tools, and wash and wax products. In addition, the company provides a sales program that offers commercial credit and delivery of parts and other products; and tire repair services. Further, it sells automotive diagnostic and repair software under the ALLDATA brand through alldata.com and alldatadiy.com; automotive hard parts, maintenance items, accessories, and non-automotive products through autozone.com; and accessories, performance, and replacement parts through autoanything.com. As of December 05, 2017, it operated 5,480 stores in the United States, including Puerto Rico; 529 stores in Mexico; 14 stores in Brazil; and 26 Interamerican Motor Corporation branches. AutoZone, Inc. was founded in 1979 and is based in Memphis, Tennessee.

MarineMax Company Profile

MarineMax, Inc. operates as a recreational boat and yacht retailer in the United States. It sells new and used recreational boats, including pleasure boats, such as sport boats, sport cruisers, sport yachts, and other yachts; motor yachts; convertible yachts; pleasure boats; pontoon boats; fishing boats; ski boats; and jet boats. The company also offers marine parts and accessories that comprise marine electronics; dock and anchoring products consisting of boat fenders, lines, and anchors; boat covers; trailer parts; water sport accessories, such as tubes, lines, wakeboards, and skis; engine parts; oils; lubricants; steering and control systems; corrosion control products; service products; accessories, including propellers and instruments; and a line of boating accessories comprising life jackets, inflatables, and water sports equipment. In addition, it provides marine engines and equipment; novelty items, such as shirts, caps, and license plates; and maintenance, repair, and slip and storage accommodation services, as well as charter of power and sailing yachts. Further, the company offers new or used boat finance services; arranges insurance coverage, including boat property, credit life, accident, disability, and casualty insurance coverage; assists in arranging extended service contracts; provides boat or yacht brokerage services; and conducts a yacht charter business. As of September 30, 2017, it operated through 62 retail locations in Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Texas. Additionally, the company maintains a vacations operations facility in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. It also markets and sells its products through offsite locations, print catalog, and Internet. MarineMax, Inc. was founded in 1998 and is based in Clearwater, Florida.

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