V.F. Corporation (NYSE: VFC) is one of 26 public companies in the “Apparel & Accessories” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare V.F. Corporation to similar businesses based on the strength of its dividends, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, valuation, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Dividends

V.F. Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.7%. V.F. Corporation pays out 64.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Apparel & Accessories” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.4% and pay out 40.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. V.F. Corporation has raised its dividend for 44 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for V.F. Corporation and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
V.F. Corporation 1 15 5 0 2.19
V.F. Corporation Competitors 297 1337 1917 76 2.49

V.F. Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $60.61, indicating a potential downside of 2.91%. As a group, “Apparel & Accessories” companies have a potential upside of 4.20%. Given V.F. Corporation’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe V.F. Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Profitability

This table compares V.F. Corporation and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
V.F. Corporation 9.23% 27.44% 12.68%
V.F. Corporation Competitors -1,518.30% -7.62% -8.04%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares V.F. Corporation and its peers revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
V.F. Corporation $12.01 billion $1.87 billion 24.10
V.F. Corporation Competitors $2.68 billion $378.14 million -4.37

V.F. Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. V.F. Corporation is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Volatility & Risk

V.F. Corporation has a beta of 0.78, meaning that its share price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, V.F. Corporation’s peers have a beta of 0.72, meaning that their average share price is 28% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

89.1% of V.F. Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 48.4% of shares of all “Apparel & Accessories” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.6% of V.F. Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 27.3% of shares of all “Apparel & Accessories” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

V.F. Corporation beats its peers on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

V.F. Corporation Company Profile

V.F. Corporation (VF) is engaged in the design, production, procurement, marketing and distribution of branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and related products. The Company’s segments include Outdoor & Action Sports, Jeanswear, Imagewear and Sportswear. Its Outdoor & Action Sports Coalition is a group of authentic outdoor and activity-based lifestyle brands. Its product offerings include apparel, footwear, equipment, backpacks, luggage and accessories. Its Imagewear coalition consists of the Image business. Its Wrangler brand offers denim, apparel, accessories and footwear through mass merchants, specialty stores and department stores in the United States, VF-operated stores and online at www.wrangler.com. The Sportswear coalition consists of the Nautica and Kipling brand businesses in North America (the Kipling brand outside of North America is managed by the Outdoor & Action Sports coalition).

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