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

Profitability

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

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

Volatility & Risk

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

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Nautilus Group, Inc. (The) $396.86 million 1.31 $52.78 million $0.92 18.32
Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) $11.82 billion 3.41 $2.35 billion $3.35 32.74

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.

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. Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Nautilus Group, Inc. (The) and Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The), as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Nautilus Group, Inc. (The) 0 0 6 0 3.00
Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) 0 4 16 0 2.80

Nautilus Group, Inc. (The) presently has a consensus price target of $22.67, suggesting a potential upside of 34.52%. Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) has a consensus price target of $110.37, suggesting a potential upside of 0.62%. Given Nautilus Group, Inc. (The)’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Nautilus Group, Inc. (The) is more favorable than Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The).

Institutional and Insider Ownership

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

Summary

Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) beats Nautilus Group, Inc. (The) on 12 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

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.

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