G-III Apparel Group, LTD. (NASDAQ: GIII) and Duluth Holdings (NASDAQ:DLTH) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, profitabiliy, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings for G-III Apparel Group, LTD. and Duluth Holdings, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
G-III Apparel Group, LTD. 0 4 4 0 2.50
Duluth Holdings 0 2 3 0 2.60

G-III Apparel Group, LTD. presently has a consensus price target of $29.00, indicating a potential upside of 27.36%. Duluth Holdings has a consensus price target of $29.61, indicating a potential upside of 64.67%. Given Duluth Holdings’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Duluth Holdings is more favorable than G-III Apparel Group, LTD..

Profitability

This table compares G-III Apparel Group, LTD. and Duluth Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
G-III Apparel Group, LTD. 1.58% 5.57% 3.44%
Duluth Holdings 4.71% 17.31% 12.18%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares G-III Apparel Group, LTD. and Duluth Holdings’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
G-III Apparel Group, LTD. $2.46 billion 0.45 $136.11 million $0.84 27.11
Duluth Holdings $391.17 million 1.49 $35.79 million $0.56 32.11

G-III Apparel Group, LTD. has higher revenue and earnings than Duluth Holdings. G-III Apparel Group, LTD. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Duluth Holdings, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility & Risk

G-III Apparel Group, LTD. has a beta of 0.33, indicating that its stock price is 67% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Duluth Holdings has a beta of 0.15, indicating that its stock price is 85% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

99.3% of G-III Apparel Group, LTD. shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 31.5% of Duluth Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. 9.6% of G-III Apparel Group, LTD. shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 70.4% of Duluth Holdings shares are owned 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.

Summary

Duluth Holdings beats G-III Apparel Group, LTD. on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About G-III Apparel Group, LTD.

G-III Apparel Group, Ltd. designs, manufactures and markets a range of apparel products. The Company operates through two segments: wholesale operations and retail operations. Its apparel products include outerwear, dresses, sportswear, swimwear, women’s suits and women’s performance wear, as well as women’s handbags, footwear, small leather goods, cold weather accessories and luggage. The Company’s owned brands include Donna Karan, DKNY, DKNY Jeans, Vilebrequin, G-III Sports by Carl Banks, Eliza J, Black Rivet and Jessica Howard. It has fashion licenses under the Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Karl Lagerfeld, Kenneth Cole, Cole Haan and Dockers brands. Through its team sports business, it has licenses with the National Football League, National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball and National Hockey League. It also operates retail stores under the Donna Karan, Wilsons Leather, Bass, G.H. Bass & Co., Vilebrequin and Calvin Klein Performance names.

About Duluth Holdings

Duluth Holdings Inc. is a lifestyle brand of men’s and women’s casual wear, workwear and accessories. The Company offers a line of functional products, such as its Longtail T shirts, Buck Naked underwear and Fire Hose work pants. The Company’s segments include direct and retail. The direct segment includes revenues from the Company’s Website and catalogs. The retail segment includes revenues from the Company’s retail and outlet stores. The Company offers its products under the Duluth Trading brand. The Company’s Website, www.duluthtrading.com, serves as a storefront for its product assortment. As of January 29, 2017, the Company operated 14 retail stores and two outlet stores. The Company’s stores range in size from approximately 6,000 to 14,000 selling square feet. The Company’s products also include Ballroom jeans, Duluthflex clothing, Armachillo shirts, Dry on the Fly pants, Armachillo underwear and No-Yank Tank.

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