Pool (NASDAQ:POOL) and Industrial Services of America (NASDAQ:IDSA) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, valuation, risk, institutional ownership, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

93.6% of Pool shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 4.9% of Industrial Services of America shares are held by institutional investors. 6.0% of Pool shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 27.7% of Industrial Services of America shares 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.

Dividends

Pool pays an annual dividend of $1.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Industrial Services of America does not pay a dividend. Pool pays out 45.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Pool has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Pool and Industrial Services of America’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Pool 8.21% 78.04% 17.51%
Industrial Services of America 0.59% 3.03% 1.50%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Pool and Industrial Services of America’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Pool $2.79 billion 2.18 $191.63 million $3.99 37.90
Industrial Services of America $54.94 million 0.24 -$1.13 million N/A N/A

Pool has higher revenue and earnings than Industrial Services of America.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Pool and Industrial Services of America, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Pool 0 4 0 0 2.00
Industrial Services of America 0 0 0 0 N/A

Pool currently has a consensus target price of $154.25, indicating a potential upside of 2.00%. Given Pool’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Pool is more favorable than Industrial Services of America.

Risk and Volatility

Pool has a beta of 1.03, indicating that its stock price is 3% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Industrial Services of America has a beta of 1.18, indicating that its stock price is 18% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Pool beats Industrial Services of America on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Pool

Pool Corporation distributes swimming pool supplies, equipment, and related leisure products in North America, Europe, South America, and Australia. The company offers maintenance products, including chemicals, supplies, and pool accessories; repair and replacement parts for pool equipment, such as cleaners, filters, heaters, pumps, and lights; packaged pool kits comprising walls, liners, braces, and coping for in-ground and above-ground pools; pool equipment and components for new pool construction and the remodeling of existing pools; and irrigation and landscape products consisting of irrigation system components, and professional lawn care equipment and supplies. It also provides building materials, such as concrete, plumbing and electrical components, functional and decorative pool surfaces, decking materials, tiles, hardscapes, and natural stones for use in pool installations and remodeling; and commercial products, such as ASME heaters, safety equipment, and commercial pumps and filters. In addition, the company offers discretionary recreational and related outdoor lifestyle products that enhance consumers' use and enjoyment of outdoor living spaces, such as spas, grills, and components for outdoor kitchens. It serves swimming pool remodelers and builders; specialty retailers that sell swimming pool supplies; swimming pool repair and service businesses; irrigation construction and landscape maintenance contractors; and golf course and other commercial customers. As of December 31, 2017, the company operated 351 sales centers. Pool Corporation was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Covington, Louisiana.

About Industrial Services of America

Industrial Services of America, Inc. buys, processes, and markets ferrous and non-ferrous metals, and other recyclable commodities in the United States. The company processes scrap metal through its sorting, cutting, baling, and shredding operations. Its non-ferrous scrap recycling operations consist primarily of collecting, sorting, and processing various grades of copper, aluminum, and stainless steel and brass. The company sells ferrous and non-ferrous scrap metal to steel mini-mills, integrated steel makers, foundries, refineries, and processors. It also buys and sells used auto parts. The company was founded in 1953 and is based in Louisville, Kentucky.

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