Reviewing StoneMor (STON) and Its Peers

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

Volatility and Risk

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

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
StoneMor $279.54 million -$8.36 million -5.72
StoneMor Competitors $776.06 million $57.26 million 26.45

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 Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices 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 6.73%. Given StoneMor’s peers higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe StoneMor has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

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 -39.39% -99.19% -4.71%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

85.3% of StoneMor shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 60.8% of shares of all “Personal services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 77.1% of StoneMor shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 19.8% of shares of all “Personal services” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

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.

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