K Swiss (NASDAQ: KSWS) is one of 27 public companies in the “Apparel & Accessories” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare K Swiss to related companies based on the strength of its profitability, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, dividends, risk and analyst recommendations.

Volatility and Risk

K Swiss has a beta of 1.22, indicating that its share price is 22% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, K Swiss’ rivals have a beta of 0.73, indicating that their average share price is 27% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

52.8% of shares of all “Apparel & Accessories” companies are held by institutional investors. 27.4% of shares of all “Apparel & Accessories” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares K Swiss and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
K Swiss N/A N/A N/A
K Swiss Competitors -1,575.36% -11.43% -7.97%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for K Swiss and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
K Swiss 0 0 0 0 N/A
K Swiss Competitors 264 1307 1923 73 2.51

As a group, “Apparel & Accessories” companies have a potential upside of 15.01%. Given K Swiss’ rivals higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe K Swiss has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares K Swiss and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
K Swiss N/A N/A -4.84
K Swiss Competitors $3.00 billion $167.09 million 421.21

K Swiss’ rivals have higher revenue and earnings than K Swiss. K Swiss 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.

K Swiss Company Profile

K-Swiss Inc. (K-Swiss) is engaged in designing, developing and marketing an array of footwear, apparel and accessories for athletic, sports and fitness activities and casual wear under the K-Swiss brand. The Company also designs, develops and markets footwear for adventurers for all terrains under the Palladium brand. The Company sells products primarily to footwear stores, pro shops, sporting goods stores and department stores. Internationally, as of December 31, 2011, K-Swiss had the right to market its products in 124 countries through eight international subsidiaries and 29 distributors. During the year ended December 31, 2011, approximately 60%, 21%, 17% and 2% of the Company’s footwear products were manufactured in China, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia, respectively. In May 2013, E.Land World Ltd. completed the acquisition of K Swiss Inc in a merger transaction.

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