Head to Head Review: Columbia Sportswear (COLM) vs. Weyco Group (WEYS)

Columbia Sportswear (NASDAQ: COLM) and Weyco Group (NASDAQ:WEYS) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, dividends, risk and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

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This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Columbia Sportswear and Weyco Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Columbia Sportswear 0 7 7 0 2.50
Weyco Group 0 1 0 0 2.00

Columbia Sportswear presently has a consensus target price of $76.85, indicating a potential upside of 1.13%. Weyco Group has a consensus target price of $26.00, indicating a potential downside of 19.33%. Given Columbia Sportswear’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Columbia Sportswear is more favorable than Weyco Group.

Volatility & Risk

Columbia Sportswear has a beta of 0.91, suggesting that its stock price is 9% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Weyco Group has a beta of 0.71, suggesting that its stock price is 29% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Columbia Sportswear pays an annual dividend of $0.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Weyco Group pays an annual dividend of $0.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.7%. Columbia Sportswear pays out 59.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Weyco Group pays out 55.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Weyco Group is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Columbia Sportswear 4.26% 12.65% 9.97%
Weyco Group 5.81% 7.33% 5.90%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

38.9% of Columbia Sportswear shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 31.0% of Weyco Group shares are held by institutional investors. 58.9% of Columbia Sportswear shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 42.8% of Weyco Group shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Columbia Sportswear and Weyco Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Columbia Sportswear $2.47 billion 2.16 $105.12 million $1.49 51.00
Weyco Group $283.75 million 1.16 $16.49 million $1.60 20.14

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

Summary

Columbia Sportswear beats Weyco Group on 12 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Columbia Sportswear

Columbia Sportswear Company, together with its subsidiaries, designs, sources, markets, and distributes outdoor and active lifestyle apparel, footwear, accessories, and equipment in the United States, Latin America, the Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Canada. The company provides apparel, accessories, and equipment that are used various outdoor activities, such as skiing, snowboarding, hiking, climbing, mountaineering, camping, hunting, fishing, trail running, water sports, yoga, golf, and adventure travel for men and women under the Columbia, Mountain Hardwear, SOREL, and prAna brands, as well as for youth under the Columbia brand name. It also offers footwear products, including hiking boots, trail running shoes, rugged cold weather boots, sandals, and casual shoes for men, women, and youth under the Columbia and SOREL brands. The company sells its products through wholesale distribution channels, direct-to-consumer channels, independent distributors, and licensees, as well as directly to consumers through its network of branded and outlet retail stores, and online. As of December 31, 2017, it operated 105 outlet retail stores and 24 branded retail stores in the United States; 119 concession-based, branded, outlet, and shop-in-shop locations in Japan; 162 concession-based, branded, outlet, and shop-in-shop locations in Korea; 24 outlet, shop-in-shop and concession-based locations, as well as 1 branded retail store in various locations in Western Europe; and 6 outlet retail stores in Canada. The company was founded in 1938 and is headquartered in Portland, Oregon.

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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