Helen of Troy Limited (NASDAQ: HELE) and Lifetime Brands (NASDAQ:LCUT) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings, risk, dividends, institutional ownership and profitabiliy.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

89.9% of Helen of Troy Limited shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 55.5% of Lifetime Brands shares are held by institutional investors. 0.6% of Helen of Troy Limited shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 21.3% of Lifetime Brands shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

Helen of Troy Limited has a beta of 0.93, meaning that its stock price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Lifetime Brands has a beta of 0.97, meaning that its stock price is 3% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Helen of Troy Limited and Lifetime Brands, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Helen of Troy Limited 0 2 2 0 2.50
Lifetime Brands 0 0 1 0 3.00

Helen of Troy Limited presently has a consensus price target of $102.00, suggesting a potential upside of 2.87%. Lifetime Brands has a consensus price target of $19.00, suggesting a potential downside of 2.81%. Given Helen of Troy Limited’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Helen of Troy Limited is more favorable than Lifetime Brands.

Dividends

Lifetime Brands pays an annual dividend of $0.17 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Helen of Troy Limited does not pay a dividend. Lifetime Brands pays out 13.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Helen of Troy Limited and Lifetime Brands’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Helen of Troy Limited 8.23% 17.70% 9.70%
Lifetime Brands 3.14% 10.81% 5.17%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Helen of Troy Limited and Lifetime Brands’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Helen of Troy Limited $1.55 billion 1.74 $223.38 million $4.59 21.60
Lifetime Brands $595.05 million 0.48 $46.06 million $1.27 15.39

Helen of Troy Limited has higher revenue and earnings than Lifetime Brands. Lifetime Brands is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Helen of Troy Limited, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Helen of Troy Limited beats Lifetime Brands on 12 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Helen of Troy Limited Company Profile

Helen Of Troy Limited is a global consumer products company that offers a range of solutions for its customers through a range of brands. The Company is a global designer, developer, importer, marketer and distributor of a portfolio of brand-name consumer products. The Company has four segments. The Housewares segment provides a range of consumer products for the home. The Health & Home segment focuses on healthcare devices, such as thermometers, humidifiers, blood pressure monitors and heating pads; water filtration systems, and small home appliances, such as portable heaters, fans, air purifiers, and insect control devices. The Nutritional Supplements segment is a provider of branded vitamins, minerals and supplements, as well as other health products. The Beauty segment’s products include electric hair care, beauty care and wellness appliances; grooming tools and accessories, and liquid-, solid- and powder-based personal care and grooming products.

Lifetime Brands Company Profile

Lifetime Brands, Inc. designs, sources and sells branded kitchenware, tableware and other products used in the home. The Company operates through three segments: U.S. Wholesale, International and Retail Direct. In the U.S. Wholesale segment, the Company designs, markets and distributes its products to retailers and distributors. In the International segment, the Company includes certain business operations that are conducted outside the United States. In the Retail Direct segment, it markets and sells a limited selection of its products through its Pfaltzgraff, Mikasa, Built NY, Fred & Friends and Lifetime Sterling Internet Websites. Its product categories include two categories of products that people use to prepare, serve and consume foods: including Kitchenware (kitchen tools and gadgets, cutting boards and bakeware) and Tableware (stemware, flatware and giftware). Its Home Solutions category includes other products used in the home (thermal beverageware and food storage).

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