Head-To-Head Comparison: Sequential Brands Group (SQBG) and Weyco Group (WEYS)

Sequential Brands Group (NASDAQ: SQBG) and Weyco Group (NASDAQ:WEYS) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

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This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Sequential Brands Group and Weyco Group, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sequential Brands Group 0 4 3 0 2.43
Weyco Group 0 1 0 0 2.00

Sequential Brands Group presently has a consensus price target of $7.00, indicating a potential upside of 205.68%. Weyco Group has a consensus price target of $26.00, indicating a potential downside of 19.33%. Given Sequential Brands Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Sequential Brands Group is more favorable than Weyco Group.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

45.4% of Sequential Brands Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 31.0% of Weyco Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 27.3% of Sequential Brands Group shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 42.8% of Weyco Group shares are owned by 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.

Profitability

This table compares Sequential Brands Group and Weyco Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sequential Brands Group -110.90% 4.28% 1.57%
Weyco Group 5.81% 7.33% 5.90%

Volatility and Risk

Sequential Brands Group has a beta of -0.27, meaning that its stock price is 127% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Weyco Group has a beta of 0.71, meaning that its stock price is 29% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Sequential Brands Group and Weyco Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Sequential Brands Group $167.46 million 0.87 -$185.72 million ($2.94) -0.78
Weyco Group $283.75 million 1.16 $16.49 million $1.60 20.14

Weyco Group has higher revenue and earnings than Sequential Brands Group. Sequential Brands Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Weyco Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Weyco Group pays an annual dividend of $0.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.7%. Sequential Brands Group does not pay a dividend. Weyco Group pays out 55.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Weyco Group beats Sequential Brands Group on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Sequential Brands Group

Sequential Brands Group, Inc. owns a portfolio of consumer brands in the fashion, home, athletic and lifestyle categories. The Company’s portfolio of consumer brands includes Martha Stewart, Emeril Lagasse, Jessica Simpson, Joe’s Jeans, William Rast, Ellen Tracy, Revo, AND1 and Avia. The Company’s brands are licensed for a range of product categories, including apparel, footwear, eyewear, fashion accessories and home goods. The Company licenses brands to both wholesale and direct-to-retail licensees. The Company licenses the Martha Stewart brand to various licensees, including retailers, such as Macy’s, The Home Depot, PetSmart and Staples. The Jessica Simpson Collection is a signature lifestyle concept designed in collaboration with Jessica Simpson, which offers various product categories, including footwear, apparel, fragrance, fashion accessories, maternity apparel, girls clothing and a home line. The Avia brand offers running and activewear products.

About Weyco Group

Weyco Group, Inc. is engaged in the design and distribution of footwear. The Company designs and markets footwear for men, women and children. The Company operates through two segments: the North American wholesale segment (wholesale) and the North American retail segment (retail). The Company also has other wholesale and retail businesses overseas, which include its businesses in Australia, South Africa and Asia Pacific (collectively known as Florsheim Australia), and its wholesale and retail businesses in Europe (Florsheim Europe). Its products consist of leather dress shoes and casual footwear composed of man-made materials or leather. In addition, the Company offers outdoor boots, shoes and sandals. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s shoes were marketed throughout the United States and Canada in over 10,000 shoe, clothing and department stores. As of December 31, 2016, the retail segment consisted of 13 Company-operated stores and an Internet business in the United States.

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