Inter Parfums (NASDAQ: IPAR) and Eyes Lips Face (NYSE:ELF) are both small-cap consumer staples companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability and risk.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

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55.1% of Inter Parfums shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 87.7% of Eyes Lips Face shares are owned by institutional investors. 45.4% of Inter Parfums shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 16.5% of Eyes Lips Face shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Inter Parfums pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Eyes Lips Face does not pay a dividend. Inter Parfums pays out 63.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility and Risk

Inter Parfums has a beta of 1.61, meaning that its stock price is 61% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Eyes Lips Face has a beta of 1.08, meaning that its stock price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Inter Parfums and Eyes Lips Face’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Inter Parfums 7.03% 7.68% 5.58%
Eyes Lips Face 12.40% 13.88% 5.73%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Inter Parfums and Eyes Lips Face’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Inter Parfums $591.25 million 2.56 $41.59 million $1.33 36.35
Eyes Lips Face $269.89 million 3.38 $33.47 million $0.48 40.58

Inter Parfums has higher revenue and earnings than Eyes Lips Face. Inter Parfums is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Eyes Lips Face, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Inter Parfums and Eyes Lips Face, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Inter Parfums 0 3 2 0 2.40
Eyes Lips Face 1 4 4 0 2.33

Inter Parfums currently has a consensus target price of $47.60, indicating a potential downside of 1.55%. Eyes Lips Face has a consensus target price of $22.20, indicating a potential upside of 13.96%. Given Eyes Lips Face’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Eyes Lips Face is more favorable than Inter Parfums.

Summary

Eyes Lips Face beats Inter Parfums on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Inter Parfums Company Profile

Inter Parfums, Inc. operates in the fragrance business. The Company manufactures, markets and distributes an array of fragrance and fragrance related products. It operates through two segments: European based operations and United States based operations. The European Operations segment produces and distributes its fragrance products under license agreements with brand owners. It has a portfolio of prestige brands, which include Balmain, Boucheron, Coach, Jimmy Choo, Karl Lagerfeld, Lanvin, Paul Smith, S.T. Dupont, Repetto, Rochas, and Van Cleef & Arpels. Its prestige brand fragrance products are also marketed through its United States operations. These fragrance products are sold under various names, which include Abercrombie & Fitch, Agent Provocateur, Anna Sui, bebe, Dunhill, French Connection, Oscar de la Rent and Shanghai Tang brands. The Company sells its products to department stores, perfumeries, specialty stores, and domestic and international wholesalers and distributors.

Eyes Lips Face Company Profile

e.l.f. Beauty, Inc. operates as a beauty company. The company offers cosmetics, including face makeup, eye makeup, lip products, nail products, and cosmetics sets/kits; and skin care products under the e.l.f. brand name. It sells its products through direct-to-consumer channels, which include e-commerce and e.l.f. stores in the United States; and internationally primarily through distributors. The company was formerly known as J.A. Cosmetics Holdings, Inc. and changed its name to e.l.f. Beauty, Inc. in April 2016. e.l.f. Beauty, Inc. was founded in 2004 and is based in Oakland, California.

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