Franchise Group (NASDAQ:FRGA) and Carriage Services (NASDAQ:CSV) Head to Head Analysis

Franchise Group (NASDAQ:FRGA) and Carriage Services (NYSE:CSV) are both small-cap consumer cyclical companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Franchise Group and Carriage Services, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Franchise Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
Carriage Services 0 0 2 0 3.00

Carriage Services has a consensus target price of $35.00, suggesting a potential upside of 34.31%. Given Carriage Services’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Carriage Services is more favorable than Franchise Group.

Profitability

This table compares Franchise Group and Carriage Services’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Franchise Group N/A N/A N/A
Carriage Services 3.45% 9.72% 2.32%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

76.8% of Carriage Services shares are held by institutional investors. 11.9% of Carriage Services shares are held by company 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.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Franchise Group and Carriage Services’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Franchise Group N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Carriage Services $267.99 million 1.73 $11.65 million $1.17 22.27

Carriage Services has higher revenue and earnings than Franchise Group.

Summary

Carriage Services beats Franchise Group on 8 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Franchise Group

Franchise Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides tax preparation services in the United States and Canada. The company also facilitates refund-based tax settlement financial products, such as refund transfer products and personal income tax refund discounting, as well as provides an online digital Do-It-Yourself tax program in the United States. The company offers its products and services through a network of company-owned offices and franchised locations under the Liberty Tax, Liberty Tax Service, Liberty Income Tax, Liberty Canada, and SiempreTax+ brand names. The company was formerly known as Liberty Tax, Inc., and changed its name to Franchise Group, Inc. in September 2019. Franchise Group, Inc. was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

About Carriage Services

Carriage Services, Inc. provides funeral and cemetery services, and merchandise in the United States. It operates through two segments, Funeral Home Operations and Cemetery Operations. The Funeral Home Operations segment offers burial, cremation, and consultation services; removes and prepares remains; sells caskets, urns, and related funeral merchandise; and enables the use of funeral home facilities for visitation, remembrance, and transportation services. The Cemetery Operations segment provides products and services, such as interment services; the rights to interment in cemetery sites comprising grave sites, mausoleum crypts, and niches; and related cemetery merchandise, including memorials and vaults. As of December 31, 2018, the company operated 182 funeral homes in 29 states; and 29 cemeteries in 11 states. Carriage Services, Inc. was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

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