Express (NYSE: EXPR) and MARKS & SPENCER/S (OTCMKTS:MAKSY) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership and valuation.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
0.1% of MARKS & SPENCER/S shares are held by institutional investors. 3.2% of Express shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
Express has a beta of 0.89, meaning that its share price is 11% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, MARKS & SPENCER/S has a beta of 0.85, meaning that its share price is 15% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares Express and MARKS & SPENCER/S’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|MARKS & SPENCER/S||N/A||N/A||N/A|
This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Express and MARKS & SPENCER/S, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|MARKS & SPENCER/S||0||2||0||0||2.00|
Express currently has a consensus target price of $8.60, indicating a potential downside of 18.10%. Given Express’ higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Express is more favorable than MARKS & SPENCER/S.
MARKS & SPENCER/S pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.6%. Express does not pay a dividend. MARKS & SPENCER/S pays out 81.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Express and MARKS & SPENCER/S’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Express||$2.14 billion||0.37||$19.36 million||$0.36||29.17|
|MARKS & SPENCER/S||$14.19 billion||0.45||$34.09 million||$0.74||10.66|
MARKS & SPENCER/S has higher revenue and earnings than Express. MARKS & SPENCER/S is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Express, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Express beats MARKS & SPENCER/S on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.
Express, Inc. operates as a specialty apparel and accessories retailer. It offers apparel and accessories for women and men between 20 and 30 years across various aspects of lifestyles, including work, casual, jeanswear, and going-out occasions. The company sells its products through its e-commerce Website, express.com; mobile app; and franchisees Express locations in Latin America. As of February 3, 2018, it operated 490 primarily mall-based retail stores in the United States and Puerto Rico, as well as 145 factory outlet stores. The company was formerly known as Express Parent LLC and changed its name to Express, Inc. in May 2010. Express, Inc. was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.
About MARKS & SPENCER/S
Marks and Spencer Group plc operates various retail stores. It offers food products; and womenswear, menswear, kids wear, lingerie, and beauty and home products through its stores and online. The company operates 1463 stores, including 253 owned and 383 franchise Simply Food stores; and 343 full-line and outlet stores in the United Kingdom. It also operates 428 stores in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Marks and Spencer Group plc was founded in 1884 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.
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