Vince Holding Corp. (NYSE: VNCE) and Lakeland Industries (NASDAQ:LAKE) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, dividends and profitabiliy.

Volatility and Risk

Vince Holding Corp. has a beta of 1.75, indicating that its stock price is 75% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Lakeland Industries has a beta of -0.13, indicating that its stock price is 113% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

24.5% of Vince Holding Corp. shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 44.1% of Lakeland Industries shares are held by institutional investors. 58.4% of Vince Holding Corp. shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 7.8% of Lakeland Industries shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Vince Holding Corp. and Lakeland Industries’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Vince Holding Corp. $258.60 million 0.12 $1.97 million ($3.44) -0.18
Lakeland Industries $88.78 million 1.30 $10.64 million $0.77 20.65

Lakeland Industries has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Vince Holding Corp.. Vince Holding Corp. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Lakeland Industries, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Vince Holding Corp. and Lakeland Industries, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Vince Holding Corp. 0 2 2 0 2.50
Lakeland Industries 0 0 0 0 N/A

Vince Holding Corp. presently has a consensus price target of $3.88, indicating a potential upside of 517.33%. Given Vince Holding Corp.’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Vince Holding Corp. is more favorable than Lakeland Industries.

Profitability

This table compares Vince Holding Corp. and Lakeland Industries’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Vince Holding Corp. -65.75% -24.26% -4.82%
Lakeland Industries 6.31% 7.87% 6.54%

Summary

Lakeland Industries beats Vince Holding Corp. on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Vince Holding Corp. Company Profile

Vince Holding Corp. (Vince) is a United States-based company, which offers a range of women’s and men’s apparel, women’s and men’s footwear, and handbags. The Company operates as a fashion brand. The Company operates in two segments: Wholesale and Direct-to-consumer. The Company’s Wholesale segment consists of its operations to distribute products to various department stores and specialty stores in the United States and select international markets. The Company’s Direct-to-consumer segment consists of its operations to distribute products directly to the consumer through its branded specialty retail stores, outlet stores and e-commerce platform. The Company utilizes luxe fabrications and various techniques to create its product assortment. The Company serves its customers through various channels, including wholesale department stores and specialty stores in the United States, as well as through its branded retail locations and its Website.

Lakeland Industries Company Profile

Lakeland Industries, Inc. (Lakeland) manufactures and sells a line of safety garments and accessories for the industrial and public protective clothing market. The Company’s product categories include limited use/disposable protective clothing; high-end chemical protective suits; firefighting, flame resistant personal protective equipment (FR PPE) and heat protective apparel; reusable woven garments; high visibility clothing, and glove and sleeves. The Company’s products are sold by its in-house customer service group, its regional sales managers and independent sales representatives to a network of over 1,200 North American safety and mill supply distributors. These distributors in turn supply end user industrial customers, such as integrated oil, chemical/petrochemical, utilities, automobile, steel, glass, construction, smelting, munition plants, janitorial, pharmaceutical, mortuaries and high technology electronics manufacturers, as well as scientific and medical laboratories.

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