Fossil Group (NASDAQ: FOSL) and Movado Group (NYSE:MOV) are both small-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, profitabiliy, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Fossil Group and Movado Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Fossil Group 0.84% 7.59% 3.41%
Movado Group 5.13% 7.04% 5.42%

Volatility and Risk

Fossil Group has a beta of 0.71, indicating that its stock price is 29% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Movado Group has a beta of 0.35, indicating that its stock price is 65% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

64.7% of Movado Group shares are held by institutional investors. 12.8% of Fossil Group shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 33.0% of Movado Group shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Fossil Group and Movado Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Fossil Group $2.96 billion 0.18 $210.54 million $0.51 21.06
Movado Group $537.95 million 0.75 $59.24 million $1.18 21.06

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Fossil Group and Movado Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Fossil Group 3 10 2 0 1.93
Movado Group 0 1 1 0 2.50

Fossil Group presently has a consensus target price of $19.33, suggesting a potential upside of 80.01%. Movado Group has a consensus target price of $29.50, suggesting a potential upside of 18.71%. Given Fossil Group’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Fossil Group is more favorable than Movado Group.

Dividends

Movado Group pays an annual dividend of $0.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Fossil Group does not pay a dividend. Movado Group pays out 44.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Fossil Group has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Summary

Fossil Group beats Movado Group on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Fossil Group Company Profile

Fossil Group, Inc. is a design, marketing and distribution company that specializes in consumer fashion accessories. The Company’s segments include Americas, Europe and Asia. Each segment includes sales to wholesale and distributor customers, and sales through the Company-owned retail stores and e-commerce activities based on the location of the selling entity. The Americas segment includes sales to customers based in Canada, Latin America and the United States. The Europe segment includes sales to customers based in European countries, the Middle East and Africa. The Asia segment includes sales to customers based in Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand. The Company’s principal offerings include a line of men’s and women’s fashion watches and jewelry, handbags, small leather goods, belts, sunglasses and soft accessories.

Movado Group Company Profile

Movado Group, Inc. designs, sources, markets and distributes watches. The Company operates through two segments: Wholesale and Retail. The Wholesale segment includes the design, development, sourcing, marketing and distribution of watches, and after-sales service activities and shipping. It sells all of its brands to jewelry store chains and department stores, as well as independent jewelers. The Retail segment includes its outlet stores. As of January 31, 2017, its subsidiary, Movado Retail Group, Inc., operated 40 outlet stores located in outlet centers across the United States. It divides its business into two geographic locations: the United States operations and International operations. It has international operations in Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Asia. Its portfolio of brands includes Coach Watches, Concord, Ebel, ESQ Movado, Scuderia Ferrari Watches, HUGO BOSS Watches, Juicy Couture Watches, Lacoste Watches, Movado and Tommy Hilfiger Watches.

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