Comparing American Outdoor Brands Corporation (AOBC) & MarineMax (HZO)

American Outdoor Brands Corporation (NASDAQ: AOBC) and MarineMax (NYSE:HZO) are both small-cap recreational products – nec companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings and dividends.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

69.9% of American Outdoor Brands Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 90.6% of MarineMax shares are held by institutional investors. 2.3% of American Outdoor Brands Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.0% of MarineMax shares are held 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for American Outdoor Brands Corporation and MarineMax, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
American Outdoor Brands Corporation 0 5 5 0 2.50
MarineMax 0 3 3 1 2.71

American Outdoor Brands Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $19.35, indicating a potential upside of 43.60%. MarineMax has a consensus price target of $21.67, indicating a potential upside of 6.21%. Given American Outdoor Brands Corporation’s higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe American Outdoor Brands Corporation is more favorable than MarineMax.

Profitability

This table compares American Outdoor Brands Corporation and MarineMax’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
American Outdoor Brands Corporation 10.96% 27.91% 14.47%
MarineMax 2.24% 7.82% 3.89%

Risk & Volatility

American Outdoor Brands Corporation has a beta of -0.14, suggesting that its stock price is 114% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, MarineMax has a beta of 0.99, suggesting that its stock price is 1% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares American Outdoor Brands Corporation and MarineMax’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
American Outdoor Brands Corporation $903.19 million 0.81 $127.85 million $1.59 8.47
MarineMax $1.05 billion 0.46 $23.54 million $0.96 21.25

American Outdoor Brands Corporation has higher revenue, but lower earnings than MarineMax. American Outdoor Brands Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than MarineMax, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

American Outdoor Brands Corporation beats MarineMax on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

American Outdoor Brands Corporation Company Profile

American Outdoor Brands Corporation, formerly Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation, is a manufacturer of firearms and a provider of accessory products for the shooting, hunting and outdoor enthusiast. The Company operates through two segments. The Firearms segment manufactures handgun and long gun products sold under the Smith & Wesson, M&P and Thompson/Center Arms brands, as well as providing forging, machining and precision plastic injection molding services. The Outdoor Products & Accessories segment provides shooting, hunting and outdoor accessories, including reloading, gunsmithing, gun cleaning supplies, tree saws, vault accessories, knives, laser sighting systems and tactical lighting products. Brands in Outdoor Products & Accessories include Crimson Trace, Caldwell Shooting Supplies, Wheeler Engineering, Lockdown Vault Accessories, BOG POD and Golden Rod Moisture Control, as well as knives and specialty tools under Schrade, Old Timer, Uncle Henry and Imperial.

MarineMax Company Profile

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.

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