Head-To-Head Review: Kimball International (KBAL) and Its Rivals

Kimball International (NASDAQ: KBAL) is one of 12 public companies in the “Household furniture” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Kimball International to related companies based on the strength of its earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, risk and analyst recommendations.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

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62.5% of Kimball International shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 55.9% of shares of all “Household furniture” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.7% of Kimball International shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 6.2% of shares of all “Household furniture” 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.


Kimball International pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. As a group, “Household furniture” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.6% and pay out 45.8% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility and Risk

Kimball International has a beta of 1.57, indicating that its stock price is 57% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Kimball International’s competitors have a beta of 0.45, indicating that their average stock price is 55% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Kimball International and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Kimball International 0 0 0 0 N/A
Kimball International Competitors 44 212 252 17 2.46

As a group, “Household furniture” companies have a potential upside of 20.10%. Given Kimball International’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Kimball International has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.


This table compares Kimball International and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Kimball International 5.41% 22.51% 13.01%
Kimball International Competitors 3.24% 44.17% 6.22%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Kimball International and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Kimball International $669.93 million $37.50 million N/A
Kimball International Competitors $1.21 billion $63.81 million 18.27

Kimball International’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Kimball International.


Kimball International competitors beat Kimball International on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

Kimball International Company Profile

Kimball International, Inc. creates design driven furnishings. The Company sells a portfolio of furniture products and services under three brands, which include Kimball Office, National Office Furniture, and Kimball Hospitality. The Company’s portfolio offers solutions for the workplace, learning, healing, and hospitality environments. The Company, through its brands, offers various products, which include modern and classic desks, credenzas, seating, tables, collaborative workstations, panel systems, filing and storage units, accessories/accents, headboards, desks, tables, dressers, entertainment centers, chests, wall panels, upholstered seating, task seating, cabinets, and vanities with a mix of wood, metal, stone, laminate, finish, and fabric options. The Company also offers several products designed specifically for the healthcare market, such as patient room and lounge seating and casegoods.

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