Analyzing Lowe’s Companies (LOW) & Latitude 360 (LATX)

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Lowe’s Companies (NYSE:LOW) and Latitude 360 (OTCMKTS:LATX) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Dividends

Lowe’s Companies pays an annual dividend of $1.92 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. Latitude 360 does not pay a dividend. Lowe’s Companies pays out 43.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Lowe’s Companies has increased its dividend for 55 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Lowe’s Companies and Latitude 360, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Lowe’s Companies 0 8 24 0 2.75
Latitude 360 0 0 0 0 N/A

Lowe’s Companies currently has a consensus price target of $112.38, suggesting a potential upside of 16.08%. Given Lowe’s Companies’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Lowe’s Companies is more favorable than Latitude 360.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

74.6% of Lowe’s Companies shares are held by institutional investors. 0.3% of Lowe’s Companies shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 24.5% of Latitude 360 shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Lowe’s Companies and Latitude 360’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Lowe’s Companies 5.58% 71.96% 11.30%
Latitude 360 N/A N/A N/A

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Lowe’s Companies and Latitude 360’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Lowe’s Companies $68.62 billion 1.14 $3.45 billion $4.39 22.05
Latitude 360 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Lowe’s Companies has higher revenue and earnings than Latitude 360.

Summary

Lowe’s Companies beats Latitude 360 on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Lowe’s Companies Company Profile

Lowe's Companies, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a home improvement retailer in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. It offers a line of products for maintenance, repair, remodeling, and decorating. The company provides home improvement products in various categories, such as lumber and building materials, tools and hardware, appliances, fashion fixtures, rough plumbing and electrical, seasonal and outdoor living, lawn and garden, paint, millwork, flooring, and kitchens, as well as outdoor power equipment. It also offers installation services through independent contractors in various product categories; extended protection plans; and in-warranty and out-of-warranty repair services. The company sells its national brand-name merchandise and private branded products to homeowners, renters, and professional customers. As of March 26, 2018, it operated 2,390 home improvement and hardware stores. The company also sells its products through online sites comprising Lowes.com and Lowesforpros.com; and through mobile applications. Lowe's Companies, Inc. was founded in 1946 and is based in Mooresville, North Carolina.

Latitude 360 Company Profile

Latitude 360, Inc. operates as a casual dining restaurant/entertainment company in the United States. The company plans, develops, constructs, and operates restaurant/entertainment venues. Its restaurant/entertainment venues feature a grille and bar; luxury bowling lanes; a dine-in movie theater with home theater-style seating; game room; a dine-in live performance theater; a HD sports theater; a bar with a dance floor and stage for the DJs and regional bands every weekend; and a luxury boutique cigar lounge. The company operates three restaurant/entertainment venues in Jacksonville, Florida, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Indianapolis, Indiana. Its restaurant/entertainment venues serve consumers and corporate clients. The company is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. On January 10, 2017, an involuntary petition for reorganization under Chapter 11 was filed against Latitude 360, Inc. in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida. On February 7, 2017, the involuntary petition was approved by the Court.

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