Reviewing bebe stores, inc. (BEBE) and New York & (NYSE:NWY)

New York & (NYSE: NWY) and bebe stores, inc. (NASDAQ:BEBE) are both small-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, dividends and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares New York & and bebe stores, inc.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
New York & -1.71% -10.20% -2.70%
bebe stores, inc. -11.36% -66.82% -45.84%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares New York & and bebe stores, inc.’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
New York & $922.90 million 0.14 $23.22 million ($0.26) -7.73
bebe stores, inc. $349.81 million 0.12 -$29.60 million ($4.96) -1.05

New York & has higher revenue and earnings than bebe stores, inc.. New York & is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than bebe stores, inc., indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for New York & and bebe stores, inc., as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
New York & 0 0 0 0 N/A
bebe stores, inc. 0 0 0 0 N/A

Volatility and Risk

New York & has a beta of 1.43, indicating that its stock price is 43% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, bebe stores, inc. has a beta of 2.67, indicating that its stock price is 167% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

83.7% of New York & shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 11.4% of bebe stores, inc. shares are owned by institutional investors. 54.3% of New York & shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 59.0% of bebe stores, inc. shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

New York & beats bebe stores, inc. on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

New York & Company Profile

New York & Company, Inc. is a specialty retailer of women’s fashion apparel and accessories. The Company’s branded New York & Company merchandise is sold through its national network of retail stores and online at www.nyandcompany.com. It operates approximately 490 stores, including over 80 outlet stores in over 40 states. It offers brands, including NY&C, City Style, NY Style, Soho Jeans, Lerner and Lerner New York. It offers a merchandise assortment consisting of wear-to-work, casual apparel and accessories, including pants, dresses, jackets, knit tops, blouses, sweaters, denim, t-shirts, activewear, handbags, jewelry and shoes. Its stores are located in shopping malls, lifestyle centers, outlet centers, and off-mall locations, including urban street locations. The outlet stores offer a merchandise mix consisting of apparel and accessories.

bebe stores, inc. Company Profile

bebe stores, inc. designs, develops and produces a range of contemporary women’s apparel and accessories. The Company’s product offering includes a range of separates, tops, dresses, active wear and accessories for a range of occasions. It designs and develops its merchandise in-house, which is manufactured to its specifications and it also sources directly from third-party manufacturers. The Company also offers accessories, which include jewelry, optical, fragrance, shoes and handbags. The Company operates stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. In addition, it has an online store at www.bebe.com that ships to customers in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, the United States Protectorates and internationally via its third-party providers, International Checkout and Shoprunner. It has international stores operated by licensees in South East Asia, the United Arab Emirates, Russia, South America, Turkey and other territories.

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