Superior Uniform Group (NASDAQ: SGC) and Oxford Industries (NYSE:OXM) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, valuation, institutional ownership and earnings.

Volatility and Risk

Superior Uniform Group has a beta of -0.01, meaning that its share price is 101% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Oxford Industries has a beta of 0.36, meaning that its share price is 64% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Superior Uniform Group and Oxford Industries, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Superior Uniform Group 0 0 1 0 3.00
Oxford Industries 0 2 5 0 2.71

Superior Uniform Group presently has a consensus target price of $26.00, indicating a potential upside of 17.91%. Oxford Industries has a consensus target price of $66.86, indicating a potential upside of 10.95%. Given Superior Uniform Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Superior Uniform Group is more favorable than Oxford Industries.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

39.7% of Superior Uniform Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 86.6% of Oxford Industries shares are held by institutional investors. 34.7% of Superior Uniform Group shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 3.3% of Oxford Industries shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Superior Uniform Group pays an annual dividend of $0.38 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Oxford Industries pays an annual dividend of $1.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. Superior Uniform Group pays out 33.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Oxford Industries pays out 37.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Oxford Industries has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years. Oxford Industries is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Superior Uniform Group and Oxford Industries’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Superior Uniform Group $256.56 million 1.27 $28.05 million $1.14 19.34
Oxford Industries $1.04 billion 0.97 $135.16 million $2.89 20.85

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

Profitability

This table compares Superior Uniform Group and Oxford Industries’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Superior Uniform Group 6.63% 14.74% 8.44%
Oxford Industries 4.64% 13.56% 7.68%

Summary

Oxford Industries beats Superior Uniform Group on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Superior Uniform Group

Superior Uniform Group, Inc. (Superior) manufactures and sells a range of uniforms, corporate identity apparel, career apparel and accessories for the medical and health fields, as well as for the industrial, commercial, leisure and public safety markets. Superior operates through two segments: Uniforms and Related Products, and Remote Staffing Solutions. The Uniforms and Related Products segment consists of the sale of uniforms and related items. Its principal products are uniforms and service apparel, and related products for personnel of hospitals and health facilities; hotels, commercial buildings, residential buildings and food service facilities; retail stores; general and special purpose industrial uses; commercial enterprises, such as career apparel for banks and airlines; public and private safety and security organizations, and for miscellaneous service uses. The Remote Staffing Solutions segment consists of sales of staffing solutions.

About Oxford Industries

Oxford Industries, Inc. is an apparel company. The Company designs, sources, markets and distributes products bearing the trademarks of its owned Tommy Bahama, Lilly Pulitzer and Southern Tide lifestyle brands, other owned brands and licensed brands, as well as private label apparel products. It distributes its lifestyle branded products through its direct to consumer channels, consisting of its Tommy Bahama and Lilly Pulitzer full-price retail stores and its e-commerce sites for Tommy Bahama, Lilly Pulitzer and Southern Tide, and through its wholesale distribution channels. As of January 28, 2017, the Company operated 128 Tommy Bahama and 40 Lilly Pulitzer full-price retail stores. Tommy Bahama designs, sources, markets and distributes men’s and women’s sportswear and related products. Tommy Bahama products are available in the Tommy Bahama stores and on its Website, tommybahama.com, as well as in department stores and independent specialty stores throughout the United States.

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