bebe stores, inc. (NASDAQ: BEBE) and Christopher & Banks Corporation (NYSE:CBK) are both small-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability and risk.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares bebe stores, inc. and Christopher & Banks Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||EBITDA||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|bebe stores, inc.||$349.81 million||0.12||-$29.60 million||($4.96)||-1.05|
|Christopher & Banks Corporation||$370.13 million||0.14||-$5.82 million||($0.58)||-2.36|
Christopher & Banks Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than bebe stores, inc.. Christopher & Banks Corporation 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.
This table compares bebe stores, inc. and Christopher & Banks Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|bebe stores, inc.||-11.36%||-66.82%||-45.84%|
|Christopher & Banks Corporation||-5.76%||-26.89%||-14.64%|
Risk and Volatility
bebe stores, inc. has a beta of 2.67, indicating that its stock price is 167% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Christopher & Banks Corporation has a beta of 3.6, indicating that its stock price is 260% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a breakdown of current recommendations for bebe stores, inc. and Christopher & Banks Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|bebe stores, inc.||0||0||0||0||N/A|
|Christopher & Banks Corporation||0||0||0||0||N/A|
Institutional and Insider Ownership
11.4% of bebe stores, inc. shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 39.1% of Christopher & Banks Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 59.0% of bebe stores, inc. shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 18.6% of Christopher & Banks Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
Christopher & Banks Corporation beats bebe stores, inc. on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.
About bebe stores, inc.
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.
About Christopher & Banks Corporation
Christopher & Banks Corporation is a national specialty retailer featuring private-brand women’s apparel and accessories. The Company offers its customers an assortment of clothing for everyday needs. Its merchandise assortments include designs of women’s apparel, generally consisting of casual clothing, everyday basics, wear-to-work, leisure/active wear, and sleepwear in missy, petite and women sizes. The Company also offers a selection of jewelry and accessories, including footwear. The Company operates in the Retail Operations segment, which includes the operation of its retail stores, outlet stores, online and mobile. The Retail Operations segment includes activities generated by the Company’s retail store locations (Missy Petite Women (MPW), Outlet stores, Christopher & Banks (CB), and C.J. Banks (CJ)), as well as the e-commerce business. Its merchandise is developed for women of all sizes, age 40 and older.
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