Urban Outfitters (NASDAQ: URBN) is one of 37 publicly-traded companies in the “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Urban Outfitters to similar businesses based on the strength of its valuation, profitability, earnings, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Urban Outfitters and its rivals revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Urban Outfitters $3.53 billion $407.95 million 15.29
Urban Outfitters Competitors $3.36 billion $449.88 million 20.88

Urban Outfitters has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its rivals. Urban Outfitters is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

87.7% of Urban Outfitters shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 75.1% of shares of all “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” companies are held by institutional investors. 26.3% of Urban Outfitters shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 16.7% of shares of all “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares Urban Outfitters and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Urban Outfitters 5.72% 15.16% 10.40%
Urban Outfitters Competitors 1.07% -2.12% 3.76%

Risk & Volatility

Urban Outfitters has a beta of 0.59, indicating that its stock price is 41% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Urban Outfitters’ rivals have a beta of 0.78, indicating that their average stock price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Urban Outfitters and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Urban Outfitters 2 17 6 0 2.16
Urban Outfitters Competitors 607 3121 2925 91 2.37

Urban Outfitters currently has a consensus target price of $21.95, suggesting a potential downside of 3.62%. As a group, “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” companies have a potential upside of 9.49%. Given Urban Outfitters’ rivals stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Urban Outfitters has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.


Urban Outfitters rivals beat Urban Outfitters on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

Urban Outfitters Company Profile

Urban Outfitters, Inc. is a lifestyle specialty retail company. The Company operates through two segments: Retail and Wholesale. The Company’s Retail segment consists of its Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Free People, Terrain and Bhldn brands, whose merchandise is sold to its customers through retail stores, Websites, mobile applications, catalogs and customer contact centers. The Retail segment also includes Vetri Family, which operates restaurants under the names Amis, Alla Spina, Lo Spiedo, Pizzeria Vetri and Osteria. Its Wholesale segment consists of the Free People wholesale division that primarily designs, develops and markets young women’s contemporary casual apparel and shoes through individual and chain specialty stores and department stores. The Company’s Wholesale segment includes Free People-branded tops, bottoms, sweaters, dresses, intimates, shoes and activewear, which are sold through department and specialty stores around the world, and its Free People stores.

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