Ralph Lauren Corporation (NYSE: RL) and Vince Holding Corp. (NYSE:VNCE) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, valuation, risk, institutional ownership and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Ralph Lauren Corporation and Vince Holding Corp., as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ralph Lauren Corporation 1 13 3 0 2.12
Vince Holding Corp. 0 2 2 0 2.50

Ralph Lauren Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $83.50, indicating a potential downside of 1.61%. Vince Holding Corp. has a consensus price target of $3.88, indicating a potential upside of 690.82%. Given Vince Holding Corp.’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Vince Holding Corp. is more favorable than Ralph Lauren Corporation.

Volatility & Risk

Ralph Lauren Corporation has a beta of 0.64, meaning that its share price is 36% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Vince Holding Corp. has a beta of 1.82, meaning that its share price is 82% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Ralph Lauren Corporation and Vince Holding Corp.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ralph Lauren Corporation -0.27% 13.80% 8.14%
Vince Holding Corp. -65.75% -24.26% -4.82%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Ralph Lauren Corporation and Vince Holding Corp.’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ralph Lauren Corporation $6.45 billion 1.07 $987.10 million ($0.23) -369.00
Vince Holding Corp. $258.60 million 0.09 $1.97 million ($3.44) -0.14

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

63.7% of Ralph Lauren Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 23.7% of Vince Holding Corp. shares are held by institutional investors. 32.9% of Ralph Lauren Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 58.4% of Vince Holding Corp. shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Ralph Lauren Corporation pays an annual dividend of $2.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. Vince Holding Corp. does not pay a dividend. Ralph Lauren Corporation pays out -869.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Ralph Lauren Corporation has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Summary

Ralph Lauren Corporation beats Vince Holding Corp. on 12 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Ralph Lauren Corporation

Ralph Lauren Corporation is engaged in the design, marketing and distribution of lifestyle products, including apparel, accessories, home furnishings and other licensed product categories. The Company operates through three segments: Wholesale, Retail and Licensing. Wholesale business consists of sales made to department stores and specialty stores around the world. Retail business consists of sales made directly to consumers through retail channel, which includes Company’s’ retail stores, concession-based shop-within-shops and e-commerce operations around the world. Licensing business consists of royalty-based arrangements, under which the Company licenses to unrelated third parties for specified periods the right to operate retail stores and/or to use its various trademarks in connection with the manufacture and sale of designated products, such as certain apparel, eyewear, fragrances and home furnishings.

About Vince Holding Corp.

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.

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