Head-To-Head Comparison: Lululemon Athletica (LULU) versus Talon International (TALN)

Lululemon Athletica (NASDAQ: LULU) and Talon International (OTCMKTS:TALN) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation and profitability.

Risk & Volatility

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Lululemon Athletica has a beta of 0.22, meaning that its stock price is 78% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Talon International has a beta of 2.35, meaning that its stock price is 135% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Lululemon Athletica and Talon International’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Lululemon Athletica $2.34 billion 4.59 $303.38 million $2.01 39.56
Talon International $48.26 million 0.16 $990,000.00 $0.01 8.53

Lululemon Athletica has higher revenue and earnings than Talon International. Talon International is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Lululemon Athletica, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Lululemon Athletica and Talon International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Lululemon Athletica 10.96% 22.52% 18.65%
Talon International 1.10% 6.37% 2.37%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Lululemon Athletica and Talon International, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Lululemon Athletica 1 16 18 0 2.49
Talon International 0 0 0 0 N/A

Lululemon Athletica currently has a consensus price target of $75.32, indicating a potential downside of 5.27%. Given Lululemon Athletica’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Lululemon Athletica is more favorable than Talon International.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

80.2% of Lululemon Athletica shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.0% of Talon International shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.3% of Lululemon Athletica shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 20.3% of Talon International shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Lululemon Athletica beats Talon International on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Lululemon Athletica Company Profile

lululemon athletica inc. is a designer, distributor and retailer of athletic apparel. The Company operates through two segments: Company-operated stores and Direct to consumer. It is also engaged in the sale from outlets, showrooms, sales from temporary locations, sales to wholesale accounts, warehouse sales, and license and supply arrangements. Its direct to consumer segment generates revenue from its lululemon and ivivva e-commerce Websites, www.lululemon.com and www.ivivva.com, and other country and region specific Websites. It offers a range of apparel and accessories for women, men and female youth. The Company’s apparel assortment includes items, such as pants, shorts, tops, and jackets designed for healthy lifestyle and athletic activities, such as yoga, running, training, most other sweaty pursuits, and athletic wear for female youth. The Company also offers fitness-related accessories, including an array of items, such as bags, socks, underwear, yoga mats and water bottles.

Talon International Company Profile

Talon International, Inc. is a holding company, which specializes in the manufacturing and distribution of a range of apparel components and accessories, including custom zippers, apparel trim components and specialty stretch technology for interlinings. The Company distributes a range of apparel zipper, trim and interlining products to manufacturers of fashion apparel, specialty retailers and mass merchandisers. It operates its business under approximately two product groups, such as Talon Zipper and Talon Trim (which includes its Tekfit stretch technology products). It manufactures and distributes zippers under its Talon brand name to manufacturers for apparel brands and retailers. Talon Trim items include labels, buttons, leather patches, woven labels and others. Under its Tekfit brand, it develops and sells fabric stretch technology that utilizes processes to create stretchable comfort waistbands, shirt collars and inner pocketing panels.

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