Ascena Retail Group (NASDAQ: ASNA) is one of 37 publicly-traded companies in the “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Ascena Retail Group to related companies based on the strength of its profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, risk and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Ascena Retail Group and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ascena Retail Group 1 7 0 0 1.88
Ascena Retail Group Competitors 607 3121 2923 91 2.37

Ascena Retail Group currently has a consensus target price of $3.83, indicating a potential upside of 77.47%. As a group, “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” companies have a potential upside of 9.62%. Given Ascena Retail Group’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Ascena Retail Group is more favorable than its rivals.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

95.7% of Ascena Retail Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 75.1% of shares of all “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” companies are held by institutional investors. 8.6% of Ascena Retail Group shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 16.7% of shares of all “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

Ascena Retail Group has a beta of 1.91, meaning that its share price is 91% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ascena Retail Group’s rivals have a beta of 0.78, meaning that their average share price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Ascena Retail Group and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Ascena Retail Group $6.80 billion $581.10 million -0.41
Ascena Retail Group Competitors $3.36 billion $449.88 million 21.16

Ascena Retail Group has higher revenue and earnings than its rivals. Ascena Retail Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Ascena Retail Group and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ascena Retail Group -15.25% 2.96% 0.94%
Ascena Retail Group Competitors 0.84% -2.59% 3.50%

About Ascena Retail Group

Ascena Retail Group, Inc. is a specialty retailer of apparel for women and tween girls. The Company operates through six segments: ANN, Justice, Lane Bryant, maurices, dressbarn and Catherines. The ANN segment offers feminine classics and fashion choices, sold primarily under the Ann Taylor and LOFT brands. The Justice segment offers apparel to girls who are aged 6 to 12. The Lane Bryant segment offers apparel to female customers in plus-sizes 14-28. The maurices segment offers women’s casual clothing, career wear, dressy apparel, active wear and accessories. The dressbarn segment consists of the specialty retail, outlet and e-commerce operations of the dressbarn brand. The Catherines segment offers classic apparel and accessories to female customers for wear-to-work and casual lifestyles. As of July 30, 2016, the Company operated approximately 4,900 stores in 49 United States’ states, the District of Columbia, Canada and Puerto Rico.

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