Stamps.com (NASDAQ: STMP) and West Marine (NASDAQ:WMAR) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings for Stamps.com and West Marine, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Stamps.com 0 0 6 0 3.00
West Marine 0 2 0 0 2.00

Stamps.com presently has a consensus price target of $217.00, indicating a potential downside of 2.84%. West Marine has a consensus price target of $10.49, indicating a potential downside of 19.13%. Given Stamps.com’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Stamps.com is more favorable than West Marine.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Stamps.com and West Marine’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Stamps.com $419.64 million 9.00 $171.47 million $6.17 36.20
West Marine $697.67 million 0.47 $39.13 million $0.31 41.82

Stamps.com has higher revenue, but lower earnings than West Marine. Stamps.com is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than West Marine, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Stamps.com and West Marine’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Stamps.com 26.66% 34.46% 21.63%
West Marine 8.58% 27.26% 18.86%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

57.9% of West Marine shares are held by institutional investors. 11.1% of Stamps.com shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 27.5% of West Marine shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

West Marine pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Stamps.com does not pay a dividend. West Marine pays out 64.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Risk & Volatility

Stamps.com has a beta of -0.04, meaning that its share price is 104% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, West Marine has a beta of 1.31, meaning that its share price is 31% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Stamps.com beats West Marine on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Stamps.com Company Profile

Stamps.com Inc. is a provider of Internet-based mailing and shipping solutions in the United States. The Company offers mailing and shipping products and services to its customers under the Stamps.com, Endicia, ShipStation, ShipWorks and ShippingEasy brands. It operates through the Internet Mailing and Shipping Services segment. Under the Stamps.com and Endicia brands, customers use its United States Postal Service (USPS) only solutions to mail and ship a range of mail pieces and packages through the USPS. USPS mailing and shipping solutions enable users to print electronic postage directly onto envelopes, plain paper, or labels using only a standard personal computer, printer and Internet connection. The Company offers USPS mailing and shipping services, multi-carrier shipping services, mailing and shipping services, branded insurance and international postage solutions. The Company offers customized postage under the PhotoStamps and PictureItPostage brand names.

West Marine Company Profile

West Marine, Inc. is a waterlife outfitter for cruisers, sailors, anglers and paddlesports enthusiasts. The Company offers a selection of core boating and water recreation products, primarily serving the needs of boat owners and professionals providing services to them. It services its customers through physical stores and two e-commerce Websites. It is a specialty retailer of boating supplies, gear, apparel, footwear and other waterlife-related products. It operates approximately 260 stores located in approximately 40 states, Puerto Rico and Canada. Its products include boating products and merchandise expansion products. Its boating products include maintenance, electronics, sailboat hardware, anchors/docking/moorings, engine systems, boats/outboards, ventilation, navigation, trailering, seating/boat covers and barbecues/appliances. Its merchandise expansion products include clothing accessories, fishing, watersports, paddlesports, coolers and waterlife lifestyle accessories.

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