Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) and iRobot Corporation (NASDAQ:IRBT) are both mid-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends and profitabiliy.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
96.6% of Whirlpool Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 87.8% of iRobot Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.7% of Whirlpool Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.5% of iRobot Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Whirlpool Corporation and iRobot Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Whirlpool Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $189.33, suggesting a potential downside of 3.34%. iRobot Corporation has a consensus target price of $61.83, suggesting a potential downside of 35.77%. Given Whirlpool Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Whirlpool Corporation is more favorable than iRobot Corporation.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Whirlpool Corporation and iRobot Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||EBITDA||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Whirlpool Corporation||$20.89 billion||0.69||$2.15 billion||$11.62||16.86|
|iRobot Corporation||$698.27 million||3.78||$86.78 million||$1.94||49.62|
Whirlpool Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than iRobot Corporation. Whirlpool Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than iRobot Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Whirlpool Corporation pays an annual dividend of $4.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. iRobot Corporation does not pay a dividend. Whirlpool Corporation pays out 37.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Whirlpool Corporation has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years.
This table compares Whirlpool Corporation and iRobot Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Volatility & Risk
Whirlpool Corporation has a beta of 1.76, meaning that its stock price is 76% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, iRobot Corporation has a beta of 1.11, meaning that its stock price is 11% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Whirlpool Corporation beats iRobot Corporation on 11 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.
Whirlpool Corporation Company Profile
Whirlpool Corporation is a manufacturer and marketer of home appliances. The Company’s segments include North America; Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA); Latin America, and Asia. In North America, the Company markets and distributes home appliances and small domestic appliances under a range of brand names. In EMEA, it markets and distributes its home appliances primarily under the Whirlpool, Bauknecht, Ignis, Maytag, Laden, Indesit and Privileg brand names, and domestic appliances under the KitchenAid, Hotpoint and Hotpoint-Ariston brand names. In Latin America, it markets and distributes its home appliances and small domestic appliances primarily under the Consul, Brastemp, Whirlpool and KitchenAid brand names. The Company markets and distributes its products in Asia primarily under the Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Amana, Bauknecht, Jenn-Air, Diqua and Royalstar brand names. It manufactures and markets a line of home appliances and related products.
iRobot Corporation Company Profile
iRobot Corporation is a consumer robot company, which is engaged in designing and building robots. The Company’s portfolio of solutions features various technologies for the connected home and various concepts in mapping, navigation, mobility and artificial intelligence. The Company sells various products that are designed for use at home. Its consumer products focus on both indoor and outdoor cleaning applications. The Company offers multiple Roomba floor vacuuming robots. Roomba’s design allows it to clean under kick boards, beds and other furniture. It offers the Braava family of automatic floor mopping robots designed for hard surface floors. The Roomba 600 series robots offer a three-stage cleaning system. The iRobot HOME Application helps users to choose cleaning options for their home. Its Mirra Pool Cleaning Robot is used to clean residential pools. The Company’s trademarks include Scooba, ViPR, NorthStar, Create, iAdapt, Aware, Home Base, Looj, Braava, vSLAM and Virtual Wall.
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