Head to Head Analysis: Citi Trends (CTRN) & Almost Never Films (HLWD)

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Citi Trends (NASDAQ:CTRN) and Almost Never Films (OTCMKTS:HLWD) are both small-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, valuation, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Citi Trends and Almost Never Films, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Citi Trends 0 0 1 0 3.00
Almost Never Films 0 0 0 0 N/A

Citi Trends presently has a consensus target price of $32.00, suggesting a potential upside of 56.86%. Given Citi Trends’ higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Citi Trends is more favorable than Almost Never Films.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Citi Trends and Almost Never Films’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Citi Trends $755.24 million 0.35 $14.57 million $1.26 16.19
Almost Never Films $10,000.00 577.90 -$340,000.00 N/A N/A

Citi Trends has higher revenue and earnings than Almost Never Films.

Profitability

This table compares Citi Trends and Almost Never Films’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Citi Trends 2.47% 10.15% 6.66%
Almost Never Films N/A -148.95% -17.04%

Risk & Volatility

Citi Trends has a beta of 0.46, meaning that its stock price is 54% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Almost Never Films has a beta of 2.35, meaning that its stock price is 135% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

91.4% of Citi Trends shares are owned by institutional investors. 8.4% of Citi Trends shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 83.1% of Almost Never Films shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Citi Trends pays an annual dividend of $0.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. Almost Never Films does not pay a dividend. Citi Trends pays out 25.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Citi Trends has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Summary

Citi Trends beats Almost Never Films on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Citi Trends

Citi Trends, Inc. operates as a value-priced retailer of urban fashion apparel and accessories. The company offers apparel, including fashion sportswear for men and women, as well as children, such as newborns, infants, toddlers, boys, and girls; accessories comprising handbags, jewelry, footwear, belts, intimate apparel, scrubs, and sleepwear; and functional and decorative home products, as well as beauty products, books, and toys. It provides its products primarily to African-Americans in the United States. As of March 16, 2018, the company operated 553 stores in 31 states. The company was formerly known as Allied Fashion, Inc. and changed its name to Citi Trends, Inc. in 2001. Citi Trends, Inc. was founded in 1946 and is headquartered in Savannah, Georgia.

About Almost Never Films

Almost Never Films Inc. operates as a film company in the United States. It focuses on film production activities; and the provision of finance and production related services. The company is based in West Hollywood, California.

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