Financial Contrast: Appliance Recycling Cntrs of Amer (ARCI) and Tile Shop (TTS)

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Appliance Recycling Cntrs of Amer (NASDAQ:ARCI) and Tile Shop (NASDAQ:TTS) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, profitability and valuation.

Risk and Volatility

Appliance Recycling Cntrs of Amer has a beta of 0.94, indicating that its stock price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Tile Shop has a beta of 1.76, indicating that its stock price is 76% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

4.6% of Appliance Recycling Cntrs of Amer shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.0% of Tile Shop shares are held by institutional investors. 10.2% of Appliance Recycling Cntrs of Amer shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 25.9% of Tile Shop shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Appliance Recycling Cntrs of Amer and Tile Shop’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Appliance Recycling Cntrs of Amer -23.05% -9.87% -6.12%
Tile Shop 1.19% 6.22% 3.24%

Dividends

Tile Shop pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.1%. Appliance Recycling Cntrs of Amer does not pay a dividend. Tile Shop pays out 62.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Appliance Recycling Cntrs of Amer and Tile Shop, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Appliance Recycling Cntrs of Amer 0 0 0 0 N/A
Tile Shop 0 4 3 0 2.43

Tile Shop has a consensus target price of $7.50, indicating a potential upside of 16.46%. Given Tile Shop’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Tile Shop is more favorable than Appliance Recycling Cntrs of Amer.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Appliance Recycling Cntrs of Amer and Tile Shop’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Appliance Recycling Cntrs of Amer $41.54 million 0.08 $110,000.00 N/A N/A
Tile Shop $344.60 million 0.99 $10.81 million $0.32 20.13

Tile Shop has higher revenue and earnings than Appliance Recycling Cntrs of Amer.

Summary

Tile Shop beats Appliance Recycling Cntrs of Amer on 12 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Appliance Recycling Cntrs of Amer Company Profile

Appliance Recycling Centers of America, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the recycle of household appliances in North America. The company operates in two segments, Recycling and Technology. It engages in collecting, recycling, and installing appliances for utilities and other customers. The company also provides turnkey appliance recycling and replacement services for utilities and other sponsors of energy efficiency programs. Appliance Recycling Centers of America, Inc. was founded in 1976 and is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Tile Shop Company Profile

Tile Shop Holdings, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer of manufactured and natural stone tiles, setting and maintenance materials, and related accessories in the United States. It offers approximately 4,000 products, including marble, travertine, granite, quartz, sandstone, slate, and onyx tiles; and ceramic, porcelain, glass, cement, wood look, and metal tiles primarily under the Rush River and Fired Earth brands. The company also manufactures setting and maintenance materials, such as thinset, grout, sealers, and accessories, including installation tools, shower and bath shelves, drains, and similar products under the Superior brand name. As of March 1, 2018, it operated 140 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia with an average size of 20,300 square feet. The company also sells its products through its Website, tileshop.com. Tile Shop Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Plymouth, Minnesota.

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