Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) (NYSE: EL) and Nautilus Group, Inc. (The) (NYSE:NLS) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk and profitability.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) and Nautilus Group, Inc. (The), as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) 0 4 16 0 2.80
Nautilus Group, Inc. (The) 0 0 5 0 3.00

Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) currently has a consensus price target of $109.37, indicating a potential upside of 0.51%. Nautilus Group, Inc. (The) has a consensus price target of $23.00, indicating a potential upside of 43.30%. Given Nautilus Group, Inc. (The)’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Nautilus Group, Inc. (The) is more favorable than Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The).

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) and Nautilus Group, Inc. (The)’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) $11.82 billion 3.39 $2.35 billion $3.35 32.48
Nautilus Group, Inc. (The) $396.86 million 1.25 $52.78 million $0.92 17.45

Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) has higher revenue and earnings than Nautilus Group, Inc. (The). Nautilus Group, Inc. (The) is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The), indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

54.6% of Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 97.7% of Nautilus Group, Inc. (The) shares are held by institutional investors. 17.0% of Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 3.7% of Nautilus Group, Inc. (The) shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) pays an annual dividend of $1.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Nautilus Group, Inc. (The) does not pay a dividend. Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) pays out 40.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Nautilus Group, Inc. (The) has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Volatility & Risk

Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) has a beta of 0.67, meaning that its share price is 33% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Nautilus Group, Inc. (The) has a beta of 2.15, meaning that its share price is 115% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) and Nautilus Group, Inc. (The)’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) 10.56% 32.38% 11.90%
Nautilus Group, Inc. (The) 7.25% 17.22% 8.93%

Summary

Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) beats Nautilus Group, Inc. (The) on 11 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) Company Profile

The Estee Lauder Companies Inc. manufactures and markets skin care, makeup, fragrance and hair care products. The Company offers products, including skin care, makeup, fragrance, hair care and other. The Company operates in beauty products segment. The Company’s products are sold in over 150 countries and territories under brand names, including Estee Lauder, Aramis, Clinique, Prescriptives, Lab Series, Origins, Tommy Hilfiger, MAC, Kiton, La Mer, Bobbi Brown, Donna Karan New York, DKNY, Aveda, Jo Malone London, Bumble and bumble, Michael Kors, Darphin, Tom Ford, Smashbox, Ermenegildo Zegna, AERIN, Tory Burch, RODIN olio lusso, Le Labo, Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle, GLAMGLOW, By Kilian, BECCA and Too Faced. Its skin care products include moisturizers, serums, cleansers, toners, body care, exfoliators, acne and oil correctors, facial masks, cleansing devices and sun care products.

Nautilus Group, Inc. (The) Company Profile

Nautilus, Inc. is a consumer fitness products company. The Company operates through two segments: Direct and Retail. Its principal business activities include designing, developing, sourcing and marketing of cardio and strength fitness products and related accessories for consumer use, primarily in the United States and Canada, but also in international markets outside North America. The Direct business offers products directly to consumers through television advertising, catalogs and the Internet. In its Direct business, the Company markets and sells its products, principally Bowflex cardio and strength products, directly to consumers. The Retail business offers its products through a network of independent retail companies and specialty retailers with stores and Websites located in the United States and internationally. In its Retail business, the Company markets and sells a line of consumer fitness equipment under the Nautilus, Octane Fitness, Schwinn, Universal and Bowflex brands.

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