StoneMor (STON) versus Its Competitors Head to Head Comparison

StoneMor (NYSE: STON) is one of 62 publicly-traded companies in the “Personal services” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare StoneMor to related businesses based on the strength of its profitability, institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares StoneMor and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
StoneMor -15.84% N/A -1.21%
StoneMor Competitors -39.36% -99.18% -4.71%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

85.3% of StoneMor shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 60.8% of shares of all “Personal services” companies are held by institutional investors. 77.1% of StoneMor shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 19.8% of shares of all “Personal services” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

StoneMor has a beta of 1.1, indicating that its stock price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, StoneMor’s peers have a beta of 1.48, indicating that their average stock price is 48% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares StoneMor and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
StoneMor $279.54 million -$8.36 million -5.79
StoneMor Competitors $776.06 million $57.26 million 27.71

StoneMor’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than StoneMor. StoneMor is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for StoneMor and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
StoneMor 0 0 0 0 N/A
StoneMor Competitors 270 1050 1648 88 2.51

As a group, “Personal services” companies have a potential upside of 7.44%. Given StoneMor’s peers higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe StoneMor has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

About StoneMor

StoneMor, Inc. owns and manages cemeteries and funeral homes. It operates through the following segments: Cemetery Operations, Funeral Home Operations, and Corporate. The Cemetery Operations segment focuses in the sales of interment rights, cemetery merchandise, which includes markers, bases, vaults, caskets and cremation niches and cemetery services. The Funeral Home Operations segment comprises of funeral home merchandise, which includes caskets and other funeral related items and service revenues, which include services such as family consultation, the removal of and preparation of remains and the use of funeral home facilities for visitation and prayer services. The company was founded on April 29, 2004 and is headquartered in Bensalem, PA.