Lakeland Industries (NASDAQ: LAKE) and Columbia Sportswear (NASDAQ:COLM) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability and valuation.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Lakeland Industries and Columbia Sportswear’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Lakeland Industries $90.42 million 1.33 $10.08 million $0.82 18.29
Columbia Sportswear $2.41 billion 1.80 $319.52 million $2.72 22.92

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

Volatility and Risk

Lakeland Industries has a beta of -0.06, meaning that its share price is 106% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Columbia Sportswear has a beta of 0.82, meaning that its share price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Columbia Sportswear pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Lakeland Industries does not pay a dividend. Columbia Sportswear pays out 26.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

42.4% of Lakeland Industries shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 38.9% of Columbia Sportswear shares are owned by institutional investors. 7.8% of Lakeland Industries shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 58.9% of Columbia Sportswear shares are owned 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Lakeland Industries and Columbia Sportswear, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Lakeland Industries 0 0 1 0 3.00
Columbia Sportswear 0 7 8 0 2.53

Lakeland Industries presently has a consensus target price of $18.00, suggesting a potential upside of 20.00%. Columbia Sportswear has a consensus target price of $63.92, suggesting a potential upside of 2.53%. Given Lakeland Industries’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Lakeland Industries is more favorable than Columbia Sportswear.

Profitability

This table compares Lakeland Industries and Columbia Sportswear’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Lakeland Industries 6.65% 8.27% 7.02%
Columbia Sportswear 8.01% 12.31% 9.84%

Summary

Columbia Sportswear beats Lakeland Industries on 12 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Lakeland Industries Company Profile

Lakeland Industries, Inc. (Lakeland) manufactures and sells a line of safety garments and accessories for the industrial and public protective clothing market. The Company’s product categories include limited use/disposable protective clothing; high-end chemical protective suits; firefighting, flame resistant personal protective equipment (FR PPE) and heat protective apparel; reusable woven garments; high visibility clothing, and glove and sleeves. The Company’s products are sold by its in-house customer service group, its regional sales managers and independent sales representatives to a network of over 1,200 North American safety and mill supply distributors. These distributors in turn supply end user industrial customers, such as integrated oil, chemical/petrochemical, utilities, automobile, steel, glass, construction, smelting, munition plants, janitorial, pharmaceutical, mortuaries and high technology electronics manufacturers, as well as scientific and medical laboratories.

Columbia Sportswear Company Profile

Columbia Sportswear Company is an apparel and footwear company. The Company designs, sources, markets and distributes outdoor lifestyle apparel, footwear, accessories and equipment under the Columbia, Mountain Hardwear, Sorel, prAna and other brands. Its geographic segments are the United States, Latin America and Asia Pacific (LAAP), Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and Canada. The Company develops and manages its merchandise in categories, including apparel, accessories and equipment, and footwear. It distributes its products through a mix of wholesale distribution channels, its own direct-to-consumer channels (retail stores and e-commerce), independent distributors and licensees. As of December 31, 2016, its products were sold in approximately 90 countries. In 59 of those countries, it sells to independent distributors to whom it has granted distribution rights. Contract manufacturers located outside the United States manufacture all of its products.

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