Contrasting Express (EXPR) & Zumiez (ZUMZ)

Express (NYSE: EXPR) and Zumiez (NASDAQ:ZUMZ) are both small-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings and profitability.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

99.1% of Express shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 71.7% of Zumiez shares are held by institutional investors. 2.6% of Express shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 27.5% of Zumiez shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Express has a beta of 0.94, meaning that its share price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Zumiez has a beta of 1.11, meaning that its share price is 11% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Express and Zumiez’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Express 0.91% 4.45% 2.36%
Zumiez 2.89% 8.38% 5.71%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Express and Zumiez, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Express 1 7 0 0 1.88
Zumiez 0 3 2 0 2.40

Express presently has a consensus price target of $8.61, indicating a potential upside of 10.83%. Zumiez has a consensus price target of $24.00, indicating a potential upside of 1.69%. Given Express’ higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Express is more favorable than Zumiez.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Express and Zumiez’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Express $2.14 billion 0.29 $19.36 million $0.36 21.58
Zumiez $927.40 million 0.64 $26.80 million $1.10 21.45

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

Summary

Zumiez beats Express on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Express Company Profile

Express, Inc. operates as a specialty apparel and accessories retailer. It offers apparel and accessories for women and men between 20 and 30 years across various aspects of lifestyles, including work, casual, jeanswear, and going-out occasions. The company sells its products through its e-commerce Website, express.com; mobile app; and franchisees Express locations in Latin America. As of June 1, 2017, it operated approximately 650 retail and factory outlet stores in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. The company was formerly known as Express Parent LLC and changed its name to Express, Inc. in May 2010. Express, Inc. was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.

Zumiez Company Profile

Zumiez Inc., including its subsidiaries, is a specialty retailer of apparel, footwear, accessories and hardgoods for young men and women through the fashion, music, art and culture of action sports, streetwear and other lifestyles. The Company operates under the names Zumiez, Blue Tomato and Fast Times. Additionally, it operates e-commerce Websites at www.zumiez.com, www.blue-tomato.com and www.fasttimes.com.au. It offers various categories of shoes, such as skate shoes, casual shoes, high tops, sandals, slip ons, runners, boots and shoe accessories, such as socks. It also offers flannels, baseball tees, hoodies, baseball hats, windbreakers, shirts, jackets, jerseys, sweaters and tanks, among others. For women, it offers t-shirts, tank tops, hoodies and sweatshirts, cardigans, jackets, skirts, jeans, joggers, leggings and dresses, among others. It provides various accessories, including watches, sunglasses, bracelets, earrings, rings, beanies, hats, belts, wallets and phone accessories

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