Reviewing Nutrisystem (NTRI) & Vipshop (VIPS)

Nutrisystem (NASDAQ: NTRI) and Vipshop (NYSE:VIPS) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

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This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Nutrisystem and Vipshop, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Nutrisystem 0 3 6 0 2.67
Vipshop 0 2 9 0 2.82

Nutrisystem presently has a consensus price target of $56.89, suggesting a potential upside of 102.81%. Vipshop has a consensus price target of $17.60, suggesting a potential upside of 5.39%. Given Nutrisystem’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Nutrisystem is more favorable than Vipshop.

Profitability

This table compares Nutrisystem and Vipshop’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Nutrisystem 8.30% 48.69% 31.00%
Vipshop 2.67% 25.75% 8.08%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

48.0% of Vipshop shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.4% of Nutrisystem shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 29.5% of Vipshop shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Nutrisystem and Vipshop’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Nutrisystem $696.96 million 1.20 $57.87 million $1.96 14.31
Vipshop $11.21 billion 0.98 $299.65 million $0.58 28.79

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

Risk & Volatility

Nutrisystem has a beta of 1.11, suggesting that its stock price is 11% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Vipshop has a beta of 2.27, suggesting that its stock price is 127% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Nutrisystem pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.6%. Vipshop does not pay a dividend. Nutrisystem pays out 51.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Vipshop beats Nutrisystem on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Nutrisystem

Nutrisystem, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides weight management products and services for women and men in the United States. The company offers weight loss programs that consist primarily of a pre-packaged food program, digital tools, and counseling. It also provides Nutrisystem Lean13 program, which provides weight loss, and support and counseling services; the South Beach Diet, a weight-loss program; and Nutrisystem 5-day kit, a ?D' kit that offers individuals with or at risk of type 2 diabetes. In addition, the company provides SmartCarb and PowerFuel products, including meal replacement bars, powder shakes, baked goods and snacks; and Nutrisystem D Program, a weight loss program designed to produce gradual weight loss. It sells its pre-packaged foods to weight loss program participants directly through the Internet and telephone; a television shopping network; and retailers. Nutrisystem, Inc. was founded in 1972 and is headquartered in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania.

About Vipshop

Vipshop Holdings Limited is a holding company. The Company is an online discount retailer for brands in China. The Company offers branded products to consumers in China through flash sales mainly on its vip.com Website. The Company’s segment is sales, product distribution and offering of goods on its online platforms. The Company conducts its business through its subsidiaries and consolidated affiliated entities in China. Through its flash sales model, the Company sells limited quantities of discounted branded products online for limited periods of time. The Company offers diversified product offerings from over 17,000 domestic and international brands, including apparel for women, men and children, fashion goods, cosmetics, home goods and other lifestyle products. The Company offers a range of products and services for consumers through lefeng.com, specializing in branded cosmetics, apparel, healthcare products, food and other consumer products.

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