New York & (NYSE: NWY) and Chico’s FAS (NYSE:CHS) are both small-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, profitabiliy, earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for New York & and Chico’s FAS, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
New York & 0 0 0 0 N/A
Chico’s FAS 0 9 5 0 2.36

Chico’s FAS has a consensus target price of $13.58, indicating a potential upside of 52.28%. Given Chico’s FAS’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Chico’s FAS is more favorable than New York &.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

83.9% of New York & shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 95.6% of Chico’s FAS shares are held by institutional investors. 54.3% of New York & shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.8% of Chico’s FAS shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares New York & and Chico’s FAS’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
New York & $922.90 million 0.10 $23.22 million ($0.26) -5.58
Chico’s FAS $2.42 billion 0.46 $281.35 million $0.71 12.56

Chico’s FAS has higher revenue and earnings than New York &. New York & is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Chico’s FAS, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares New York & and Chico’s FAS’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
New York & -1.71% -10.20% -2.70%
Chico’s FAS 3.86% 17.36% 9.57%

Dividends

Chico’s FAS pays an annual dividend of $0.33 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.7%. New York & does not pay a dividend. Chico’s FAS pays out 46.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. New York & has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Volatility and Risk

New York & has a beta of 1.43, suggesting that its share price is 43% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Chico’s FAS has a beta of 0.67, suggesting that its share price is 33% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Chico’s FAS beats New York & on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About New York &

New York & Company, Inc. is a specialty retailer of women’s fashion apparel and accessories. The Company’s branded New York & Company merchandise is sold through its national network of retail stores and online at www.nyandcompany.com. It operates approximately 490 stores, including over 80 outlet stores in over 40 states. It offers brands, including NY&C, City Style, NY Style, Soho Jeans, Lerner and Lerner New York. It offers a merchandise assortment consisting of wear-to-work, casual apparel and accessories, including pants, dresses, jackets, knit tops, blouses, sweaters, denim, t-shirts, activewear, handbags, jewelry and shoes. Its stores are located in shopping malls, lifestyle centers, outlet centers, and off-mall locations, including urban street locations. The outlet stores offer a merchandise mix consisting of apparel and accessories.

About Chico’s FAS

Chico’s FAS, Inc. is an omni-channel specialty retailer of women’s private branded, casual-to-dressy clothing, intimates and accessories, operating under the Chico’s, White House Black Market (WHBM) and Soma brand names. The Company is also engaged in the sale of merchandise in its domestic and international retail stores. The Chico’s brand sells private branded clothing focusing on women 45 and older. Chico’s apparel includes the Black Label, Zenergy and Travelers collections. The WHBM brand sells private branded clothing focusing on women 35 and older. WHBM sells clothing and accessory items, including everyday basics, wear-to-work, denim and occasion. It offers black and white color palette. The accessories at WHBM include shoes, belts, scarves, handbags and jewelry. The Soma brand sells private branded lingerie, sleepwear, loungewear, activewear and beauty products focusing on women 35 and older. The lingerie category includes bras, panties, shapewear and swimwear.

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