Williams-Sonoma (NYSE: WSM) and At Home Group (NASDAQ:HOME) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, dividends, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Dividends

Williams-Sonoma pays an annual dividend of $1.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.4%. At Home Group does not pay a dividend. Williams-Sonoma pays out 45.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. At Home Group has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Williams-Sonoma and At Home Group, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Williams-Sonoma 3 15 5 0 2.09
At Home Group 0 3 6 0 2.67

Williams-Sonoma presently has a consensus price target of $51.95, indicating a potential upside of 12.93%. At Home Group has a consensus price target of $24.93, indicating a potential upside of 1.75%. Given Williams-Sonoma’s higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Williams-Sonoma is more favorable than At Home Group.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Williams-Sonoma and At Home Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Williams-Sonoma $5.14 billion 0.77 $658.90 million $3.47 13.26
At Home Group $805.40 million 1.84 $119.12 million N/A N/A

Williams-Sonoma has higher revenue and earnings than At Home Group.

Profitability

This table compares Williams-Sonoma and At Home Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Williams-Sonoma 5.96% 25.43% 12.47%
At Home Group 4.74% 7.44% 3.26%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

96.8% of Williams-Sonoma shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of Williams-Sonoma 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.

Summary

Williams-Sonoma beats At Home Group on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Williams-Sonoma

Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is a multi-channel specialty retailer of products for the home. The Company operates retail stores in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Australia and the United Kingdom. It operates through two segments: e-commerce and retail. The e-commerce segment has various merchandising strategies, such as Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, West Elm, PBteen, Williams-Sonoma Home, Rejuvenation and Mark and Graham, which sell its products through the Company’s e-commerce Websites and direct-mail catalogs. The retail segment has various merchandising strategies, such as Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, West Elm and Rejuvenation, which sell its products through the Company’s retail stores. The Company franchises its brands to third parties in a number of countries in the Middle East, the Philippines and Mexico. The Company’s products are also available to customers through its catalogs and online across the world.

About At Home Group

At Home Group, Inc. is a home decor superstore. The Company is focused on providing a range of assortment of products for any room, in any style, for any budget. As of July 30, 2016, the Company offered over 50,000 stock keeping units (SKUs) throughout its stores. As of July 30, 2016, the Company’s store base is consisted of 115 format stores across 29 states and 65 markets, averaging approximately 120,000 square feet per store.

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