Signet Jewelers Limited (SIG) and Blue Nile (NILE) Financial Comparison

Signet Jewelers Limited (NYSE: SIG) and Blue Nile (NASDAQ:NILE) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, risk, profitability, dividends, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Risk & Volatility

Signet Jewelers Limited has a beta of 1, indicating that its stock price has a similar volatility profile to the S&P 500.Comparatively, Blue Nile has a beta of 0.07, indicating that its stock price is 93% less volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Signet Jewelers Limited and Blue Nile’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Signet Jewelers Limited 7.46% 19.20% 7.53%
Blue Nile 1.23% 30.85% 4.85%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

99.8% of Blue Nile shares are held by institutional investors. 0.5% of Signet Jewelers Limited shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 5.7% of Blue Nile shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Signet Jewelers Limited and Blue Nile, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Signet Jewelers Limited 0 11 7 0 2.39
Blue Nile 0 0 0 0 N/A

Signet Jewelers Limited currently has a consensus price target of $74.71, suggesting a potential upside of 39.42%. Given Signet Jewelers Limited’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Signet Jewelers Limited is more favorable than Blue Nile.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Signet Jewelers Limited and Blue Nile’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Signet Jewelers Limited $6.52 billion 0.56 $862.50 million $6.21 8.63
Blue Nile N/A N/A N/A $0.81 50.26

Signet Jewelers Limited has higher revenue and earnings than Blue Nile. Signet Jewelers Limited is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Blue Nile, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


Signet Jewelers Limited pays an annual dividend of $1.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. Blue Nile does not pay a dividend. Signet Jewelers Limited pays out 20.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Signet Jewelers Limited has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years.


Signet Jewelers Limited beats Blue Nile on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Signet Jewelers Limited

Signet Jewelers Limited is a retailer of diamond jewelry. The Company’s segments include the Sterling Jewelers division; the Zale division, which consists of the Zale Jewelry and Piercing Pagoda segments; the UK Jewelry division, and Other. The Sterling Jewelers division’s stores operate in the United States principally as Kay Jewelers (Kay), Kay Jewelers Outlet, Jared The Galleria Of Jewelry (Jared) and Jared Vault. The Zale division operates jewelry stores (Zale Jewelry) and kiosks (Piercing Pagoda), located primarily in shopping malls across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Zale Jewelry includes the United States store brand, Zales, and the Canadian store brand, Peoples Jewellers. Piercing Pagoda operates through mall-based kiosks. The UK Jewelry division operates stores in the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland and Channel Islands. The Other segment includes the operations of subsidiaries involved in the purchasing and conversion of rough diamonds to polished stones.

About Blue Nile

Blue Nile, Inc. (Blue Nile) is a United States-based company, which operates as an online retailer of diamonds and fine jewelry. The Company’s merchandise consists of engagement and non-engagement products. The engagement product category includes gold or platinum engagement rings with a diamond center stone and loose diamonds. Its non-engagement product category includes rings, wedding bands, earrings, necklaces, pendants, bracelets, gifts and accessories containing precious metals, diamonds, gemstones, or pearls. It offers various types of women’s wedding rings, including Eternity, Signature Diamond, White Gold, Yellow Gold and Rose Gold. It also offers various types of men’s wedding rings, such as Palladium, Tungsten, Tantalum and Titanium. In addition to sales of diamonds and fine jewelry, the Company provides education, guidance and support to enable customers to learn about and purchase diamonds and fine jewelry. It offers its products for sale through the Blue Nile Website.

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