Contrasting LCI Industries (LCII) and MarineMax (NYSE:HZO)

MarineMax (NYSE: HZO) and LCI Industries (NYSE:LCII) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, profitability, valuation, risk and analyst recommendations.

Dividends

LCI Industries pays an annual dividend of $2.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. MarineMax does not pay a dividend. LCI Industries pays out 39.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility Risk

MarineMax has a beta of 1.04, suggesting that its stock price is 4% more volatile than the SP 500. Comparatively, LCI Industries has a beta of 1.28, suggesting that its stock price is 28% more volatile than the SP 500.

Earnings Valuation

This table compares MarineMax and LCI Industries’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

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

Profitability

This table compares MarineMax and LCI Industries’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for MarineMax and LCI Industries, as reported by MarketBeat.

MarineMax currently has a consensus target price of $21.67, indicating a potential upside of 9.43%. LCI Industries has a consensus target price of $121.00, indicating a potential downside of 6.09%. Given MarineMax’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe MarineMax is more favorable than LCI Industries.

Insider Institutional Ownership

88.4% of MarineMax shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 97.7% of LCI Industries shares are held by institutional investors. 5.0% of MarineMax shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.6% of LCI Industries shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

LCI Industries beats MarineMax on 11 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About MarineMax

MarineMax, Inc. is a recreational boat and yacht dealer in the United States. Through 56 retail locations in Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, and Texas, the Company sold new and used recreational boats, including pleasure and fishing boats, as of September 30, 2016. The Company also sells related marine products, including engines, trailers, parts and accessories. In addition, it provides repair, maintenance, and slip and storage services; arranges related boat financing, insurance, and extended service contracts; offers boat and yacht brokerage sales, and operates a yacht charter business. The Company primarily sells recreational boats, including pleasure boats and fishing boats. The Company offers marine engines and equipment and sells marine engines and propellers primarily to retail customers as replacements for their existing engines or propellers.

About LCI Industries

LCI Industries, formerly Drew Industries Incorporated, through its subsidiary, Lippert Components, Inc. and its subsidiaries (LCI), supplies an array of components for the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of recreational vehicles (RVs) and adjacent industries. The Company’s segments include OEM Segment and Aftermarket Segment. The OEM Segment manufactures or distributes an array of components for the OEMs of RVs and adjacent industries, including buses; trailers used to haul boats, livestock, equipment and other cargo; pontoon boats; manufactured homes; modular housing, and mobile office units. The Aftermarket Segment supplies components to the related aftermarket channels of the RV and adjacent industries, primarily to retail dealers, wholesale distributors and service centers. The Aftermarket Segment also includes the sale of replacement glass and awnings to fulfill insurance claims.

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