The Children’s Place (NASDAQ: PLCE) is one of 14 public companies in the “Family clothing stores” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare The Children’s Place to related businesses based on the strength of its dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability and risk.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

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63.6% of shares of all “Family clothing stores” companies are owned by institutional investors. 3.8% of The Children’s Place shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 14.3% of shares of all “Family clothing stores” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for The Children’s Place and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
The Children’s Place 1 2 8 0 2.64
The Children’s Place Competitors 363 1820 1818 44 2.38

The Children’s Place presently has a consensus price target of $144.91, suggesting a potential upside of 10.11%. As a group, “Family clothing stores” companies have a potential downside of 5.13%. Given The Children’s Place’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe The Children’s Place is more favorable than its competitors.

Risk & Volatility

The Children’s Place has a beta of 0.37, indicating that its stock price is 63% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, The Children’s Place’s competitors have a beta of 0.63, indicating that their average stock price is 37% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares The Children’s Place and its competitors revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
The Children’s Place $1.87 billion $84.69 million 16.64
The Children’s Place Competitors $8.05 billion $540.81 million 44.66

The Children’s Place’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than The Children’s Place. The Children’s Place is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares The Children’s Place and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
The Children’s Place 4.53% 29.03% 15.12%
The Children’s Place Competitors 4.10% 17.57% 7.85%

Dividends

The Children’s Place pays an annual dividend of $2.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. The Children’s Place pays out 25.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Family clothing stores” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.0% and pay out 39.5% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

The Children’s Place competitors beat The Children’s Place on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

The Children’s Place Company Profile

The Children's Place, Inc. operates as a children's specialty apparel retailer. The company operates through two segments, The Children's Place U.S. and The Children's Place International. It sells apparel, accessories, footwear, and other items for children; and designs, contracts to manufacture, and sells merchandise under the proprietary The Children's Place, Place, and Baby Place brand names. As of July 29, 2017, the company operated 1,026 stores in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico; and 161 international points of distribution operated by its 7 franchise partners in 19 countries. It also sells its products through childrensplace.com, an online store. The company was formerly known as The Children's Place Retail Stores, Inc. and changed its name to The Children's Place, Inc. in June 2014. The Children's Place, Inc. was founded in 1969 and is based in Secaucus, New Jersey.

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