Peak Resorts (SKIS) vs. Pool (POOL) Financial Comparison

Peak Resorts (NASDAQ:SKIS) and Pool (NASDAQ:POOL) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings and profitability.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Peak Resorts and Pool, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Peak Resorts 0 0 2 0 3.00
Pool 0 2 1 0 2.33

Peak Resorts currently has a consensus price target of $6.50, suggesting a potential upside of 41.30%. Pool has a consensus price target of $159.67, suggesting a potential upside of 1.56%. Given Peak Resorts’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Peak Resorts is more favorable than Pool.

Volatility and Risk

Peak Resorts has a beta of 0.81, suggesting that its stock price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Pool has a beta of 0.92, suggesting that its stock price is 8% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Peak Resorts and Pool’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Peak Resorts $131.66 million 0.53 $1.35 million $0.07 65.71
Pool $3.00 billion 2.07 $234.46 million $5.62 27.98

Pool has higher revenue and earnings than Peak Resorts. Pool is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Peak Resorts, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

42.6% of Peak Resorts shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 95.0% of Pool shares are owned by institutional investors. 13.9% of Peak Resorts shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 6.0% of Pool shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Peak Resorts pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.1%. Pool pays an annual dividend of $1.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Peak Resorts pays out 400.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Pool pays out 32.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Pool has increased its dividend for 8 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Peak Resorts and Pool’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Peak Resorts 0.33% 1.60% 0.29%
Pool 7.82% 80.86% 17.67%

Summary

Pool beats Peak Resorts on 11 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Peak Resorts

Peak Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, owns, operates, and leases day and overnight drive ski resorts in the United States. Its resorts activities and amenities include skiing, snowboarding, terrain parks, tubing, dining, lodging, equipment rentals and sales, ski and snowboard instruction, zip lines, mountain coasters, mountain biking, hiking, and other summer activities. The company also offers non-winter attractions, such as golf, roller coasters, swimming, summer concerts, and zip rides. It operates 14 ski resorts primarily located in the Northeast and Midwest. Peak Resorts, Inc. was founded in 1997 and is based in Wildwood, Missouri.

About Pool

Pool Corporation distributes swimming pool supplies, equipment, and related leisure products in North America, Europe, South America, and Australia. The company offers maintenance products, including chemicals, supplies, and pool accessories; repair and replacement parts for pool equipment, such as cleaners, filters, heaters, pumps, and lights; packaged pool kits comprising walls, liners, braces, and coping for in-ground and above-ground pools; pool equipment and components for new pool construction and the remodeling of existing pools; and irrigation and landscape products consisting of irrigation system components, and professional lawn care equipment and supplies. It also provides building materials, such as concrete, plumbing and electrical components, functional and decorative pool surfaces, decking materials, tiles, hardscapes, and natural stones for use in pool installations and remodeling; and commercial products, such as ASME heaters, safety equipment, and commercial pumps and filters. In addition, the company offers discretionary recreational and related outdoor lifestyle products that enhance consumers' use and enjoyment of outdoor living spaces, such as spas, grills, and components for outdoor kitchens. It serves swimming pool remodelers and builders; specialty retailers that sell swimming pool supplies; swimming pool repair and service businesses; irrigation construction and landscape maintenance contractors; and golf course and other commercial customers. As of December 31, 2017, the company operated 351 sales centers. Pool Corporation was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Covington, Louisiana.

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