Reviewing Express (EXPR) and The Competition
Express (NYSE: EXPR) is one of 37 publicly-traded companies in the “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Express to related companies based on the strength of its profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends, valuation and institutional ownership.
Volatility and Risk
Express has a beta of 1.47, meaning that its stock price is 47% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Express’ peers have a beta of 0.78, meaning that their average stock price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares Express and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
This is a summary of recent ratings for Express and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Express currently has a consensus price target of $8.50, indicating a potential upside of 34.49%. As a group, “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” companies have a potential upside of 6.35%. Given Express’ higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Express is more favorable than its peers.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Express and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||EBITDA||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Express||$2.13 billion||$148.37 million||27.48|
|Express Competitors||$3.36 billion||$448.74 million||21.71|
Express’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than Express. Express is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
99.2% of Express shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 75.2% of shares of all “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.6% of Express shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 16.5% of shares of all “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
Express peers beat Express on 10 of the 13 factors compared.
Express, Inc. is a specialty apparel and accessories retailer offering both women’s and men’s merchandise. The Company targets women and men between 20 and 30 years old. It offers an assortment of fashionable apparel and accessories to address fashion needs across multiple aspects of lifestyles, including work, casual, jeanswear and going-out occasions. It is engaged in the operation of its brick-and-mortar retail and outlet stores, e-commerce operations and franchise operations. It sells its products through its e-commerce Website, www.express.com and its mobile application, and has franchise agreements with franchisees that operate Express locations in Latin America. It operated 656 stores across the United States, in Canada and in Puerto Rico, including 104 factory outlet stores, as of January 28, 2017. Its products are created by its in-house design team. Its portfolio of apparel products includes brands, such as Portofino shirt, Editor pant and 1MX shirt.
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