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How Does HD Supply Holdings Compare to Its Peers?


Nov. 20 2020, Updated 12:16 p.m. ET

HD Supply Holdings and its peers

In this article, we’ll compare HD Supply Holdings (HDS) to its industry peers and a few ETFs that invest in it:

  • The PE (price-to-earnings) ratios of HD Supply Holdings (HDS), W.W. Grainger (GWW), Fastenal Company (FAST), MSC Industrial Direct Company (MSM), and WESCO International (WCC) are 18.7x, 16.9x, 22.6x, 15.9x, and 9.5x, respectively, as of December 8, 2015.

  • The price-to-sales ratios of HD Supply Holdings, W.W. Grainger, Fastenal Company, MSC Industrial Direct Company, and WESCO International are 0.64x, 1.2x, 3.0x, 1.3x, and 0.24x, respectively.

According to the above findings, these peers are mostly ahead of HD Supply Holdings based on price-to-sales ratio. However, HD Supply Holdings has outperformed most of its peers based on PE ratio.

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ETFs that invest in HD Supply Holdings

The PowerShares Water Resources Portfolio (PHO) invests 7.3% of its holdings in HD Supply Holdings. The ETF tracks a modified liquidity-weighted index of US-listed companies that create products to conserve and purify water.

The Renaissance IPO ETF (IPO) invests 2.6% of its holdings in HDS. The ETF tracks a market cap–weighted index of recent US-listed IPOs (initial public offerings). The fund acquires issues within 90 days or sooner after an IPO and sells the IPOs after two years.

The First Trust Value Line 100 ETF (FVL) invests 0.90% of its holdings in HDS. The ETF tracks an equal- weighted index of 100 US stocks selected by proprietary price and earnings screens.

Comparing HD Supply Holdings and its ETFs

Now let’s compare HD Supply Holdings with the above ETFs:

  • The YTD (year-to-date) price movements of HD Supply Holdings, PHO, IPO, and FVL are -1.1%, -15.0%, -7.3%, and -1.1%, respectively.
  • The PE ratios of HD Supply, PHO, IPO, and FVL are 18.7x, 47.0x, 39.8x, and 30.0x, respectively.

According to the above findings, these ETFs are ahead of HD Supply Holdings based on PE ratio. However, HDS has mostly outperformed these ETFs based on price movement.


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