Stamps.com (NASDAQ: STMP) and Container Store (The) (NYSE:TCS) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and profitabiliy.

Profitability

This table compares Stamps.com and Container Store (The)’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Stamps.com 24.55% 35.30% 21.63%
Container Store (The) 1.82% 6.00% 1.65%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

78.2% of Container Store (The) shares are held by institutional investors. 11.1% of Stamps.com shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 65.6% of Container Store (The) shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Stamps.com and Container Store (The)’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Stamps.com $387.51 million 6.26 $153.67 million $5.25 27.27
Container Store (The) $819.93 million 0.32 $75.78 million $0.31 17.55

Stamps.com has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Container Store (The). Container Store (The) is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Stamps.com, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk & Volatility

Stamps.com has a beta of 0.01, meaning that its stock price is 99% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Container Store (The) has a beta of 1.59, meaning that its stock price is 59% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Stamps.com and Container Store (The), as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Stamps.com 0 0 5 0 3.00
Container Store (The) 1 4 1 0 2.00

Stamps.com currently has a consensus price target of $175.75, indicating a potential upside of 22.77%. Container Store (The) has a consensus price target of $5.56, indicating a potential upside of 2.25%. Given Stamps.com’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Stamps.com is more favorable than Container Store (The).

Summary

Stamps.com beats Container Store (The) on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Stamps.com Company Profile

Stamps.com Inc. is a provider of Internet-based mailing and shipping solutions in the United States. The Company offers mailing and shipping products and services to its customers under the Stamps.com, Endicia, ShipStation, ShipWorks and ShippingEasy brands. It operates through the Internet Mailing and Shipping Services segment. Under the Stamps.com and Endicia brands, customers use its United States Postal Service (USPS) only solutions to mail and ship a range of mail pieces and packages through the USPS. USPS mailing and shipping solutions enable users to print electronic postage directly onto envelopes, plain paper, or labels using only a standard personal computer, printer and Internet connection. The Company offers USPS mailing and shipping services, multi-carrier shipping services, mailing and shipping services, branded insurance and international postage solutions. The Company offers customized postage under the PhotoStamps and PictureItPostage brand names.

Container Store (The) Company Profile

The Container Store Group, Inc. is a specialty retailer of storage and organization products. The Company’s segments include The Container Store (TCS), Elfa and Corporate/Other. The Company’s TCS segment consists of its retail stores, Website and call center, as well as its installation and organizational services business. The Company’s Elfa segment includes the manufacturing business that produces the elfa brand products that are sold domestically, exclusively through the TCS segment, as well as throughout Europe. Its Swedish subsidiary, Elfa International AB (Elfa), designs and manufactures component-based shelving and drawer systems and made-to-measure sliding doors. It merchandises over 11,000 products in each of its stores and online. Its stores are organized into various lifestyle departments, which include Bath, Box, Closets, Collections, Containers, Custom Closets, Food Storage, Gift Packaging, Hooks, Kitchen, Laundry, Office, Shelving, Storage, Trash and Travel.

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