Head to Head Comparison: Ralph Lauren Corporation (RL) and Its Peers

Ralph Lauren Corporation (NYSE: RL) is one of 26 public companies in the “Apparel & Accessories” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Ralph Lauren Corporation to similar companies based on the strength of its dividends, valuation, earnings, risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Risk & Volatility

Ralph Lauren Corporation has a beta of 0.6, suggesting that its stock price is 40% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ralph Lauren Corporation’s peers have a beta of 0.73, suggesting that their average stock price is 27% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Ralph Lauren Corporation and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ralph Lauren Corporation -0.27% 13.80% 8.14%
Ralph Lauren Corporation Competitors -1,512.44% -11.23% -7.75%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Ralph Lauren Corporation and its peers revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Ralph Lauren Corporation $6.45 billion $987.10 million -373.96
Ralph Lauren Corporation Competitors $2.68 billion $378.34 million -3.86

Ralph Lauren Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Ralph Lauren Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Ralph Lauren Corporation and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ralph Lauren Corporation 3 11 4 0 2.06
Ralph Lauren Corporation Competitors 242 1240 1887 72 2.52

Ralph Lauren Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $87.15, suggesting a potential upside of 1.33%. As a group, “Apparel & Accessories” companies have a potential upside of 6.07%. Given Ralph Lauren Corporation’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Ralph Lauren Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Dividends

Ralph Lauren Corporation pays an annual dividend of $2.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. Ralph Lauren Corporation pays out -869.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Apparel & Accessories” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.4% and pay out 40.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Ralph Lauren Corporation has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years. Ralph Lauren Corporation is clearly a better dividend stock than its peers, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

62.8% of Ralph Lauren Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 48.9% of shares of all “Apparel & Accessories” companies are held by institutional investors. 32.9% of Ralph Lauren Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 28.7% of shares of all “Apparel & Accessories” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Ralph Lauren Corporation beats its peers on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

About Ralph Lauren Corporation

Ralph Lauren Corporation is engaged in the design, marketing and distribution of lifestyle products, including apparel, accessories, home furnishings and other licensed product categories. The Company operates through three segments: Wholesale, Retail and Licensing. Wholesale business consists of sales made to department stores and specialty stores around the world. Retail business consists of sales made directly to consumers through retail channel, which includes Company’s’ retail stores, concession-based shop-within-shops and e-commerce operations around the world. Licensing business consists of royalty-based arrangements, under which the Company licenses to unrelated third parties for specified periods the right to operate retail stores and/or to use its various trademarks in connection with the manufacture and sale of designated products, such as certain apparel, eyewear, fragrances and home furnishings.

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