Leslie’s (LESL) vs. The Competition Financial Survey

Leslie’s (NASDAQ:LESLGet Rating) is one of 29 publicly-traded companies in the “Retail stores, not elsewhere classified” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Leslie’s to similar companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings and risk.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

44.7% of shares of all “Retail stores, not elsewhere classified” companies are held by institutional investors. 3.6% of Leslie’s shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 15.7% of shares of all “Retail stores, not elsewhere classified” companies are held by 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Leslie’s and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Leslie’s 0 1 10 0 2.91
Leslie’s Competitors 90 627 1154 43 2.60

Leslie’s presently has a consensus price target of $28.18, suggesting a potential upside of 86.26%. As a group, “Retail stores, not elsewhere classified” companies have a potential upside of 47.26%. Given Leslie’s’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Leslie’s is more favorable than its peers.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Leslie’s 9.97% -48.04% 15.88%
Leslie’s Competitors 0.83% 7.82% 2.33%

Volatility & Risk

Leslie’s has a beta of 0.87, meaning that its stock price is 13% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Leslie’s’ peers have a beta of 1.16, meaning that their average stock price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Leslie’s and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Leslie’s $1.34 billion $126.63 million 21.01
Leslie’s Competitors $7.60 billion $13.49 million 3.78

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

Summary

Leslie’s beats its peers on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About Leslie’s (Get Rating)

Leslie's, Inc. operates as a direct-to-consumer pool and spa care brand in the United States. The company markets and sells pool and spa supplies and related products and services. It offers pool chemicals consisting of chlorine, sanitizers, water balancers, specialty chemicals, and algae control; pool covers, including winter, solar and safety covers, leaf nets, cover reels, and cover alternatives; pool equipment, which comprise pool cleaners, pool pumps, pool filters, pool heating, and lighting; and pools, such as above ground pools, soft side pools, above ground pools liners and equipment, ladders and rails, and diving boards. The company also provides pool maintenance products, including pool closing and opening supplies, filter catridges, chlorine floaters, backwash and vacuum hoses, and cleaning attachments; parts, such as automatic pool cleaner parts, pool filter and pump parts, and pool heater and heat pump parts; and safety, recreational, and fitness-related products. In addition, it provides pool equipment and repair services. The company markets its products through 952 company operated locations in 38 states and e-commerce websites. It serves the residential, professional, and commercial consumers. The company was founded in 1963 and is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona.

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