Ann (NYSE: ANN) and Christopher & Banks Corporation (NYSE:CBK) are both cyclical consumer goods & services companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, risk and valuation.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Ann and Christopher & Banks Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ann N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Christopher & Banks Corporation $366.82 million 0.14 -$10.09 million ($0.68) -2.01

Ann has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Christopher & Banks Corporation.

Profitability

This table compares Ann and Christopher & Banks Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ann 2.27% 10.25% 5.10%
Christopher & Banks Corporation -6.90% -34.64% -18.21%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Ann and Christopher & Banks Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ann 0 0 1 0 3.00
Christopher & Banks Corporation 0 0 0 0 N/A

Ann currently has a consensus target price of $50.00, indicating a potential upside of 11.38%. Given Ann’s higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Ann is more favorable than Christopher & Banks Corporation.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

41.9% of Christopher & Banks Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 18.6% of Christopher & Banks Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Ann beats Christopher & Banks Corporation on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Ann

ANN INC., through its wholly owned subsidiaries, is a specialty retailer of women’s apparel, shoes and accessories sold primarily under the Ann Taylor and LOFT brands. The Company operates in four segments: Ann Taylor, LOFT, Ann Taylor Factory and LOFT Outlet. The Company operates approximately 1,030 retail stores in 47 states of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Canada, comprising 245 Ann Taylor stores, 537 LOFT stores, 116 Ann Taylor Factory stores, 127 LOFT Outlet stores and five Lou & Grey stores. In addition, the Company’s clients shop online in over 100 countries across the world at www.anntaylor.com and www.LOFT.com, and at three LOFT franchise locations in Mexico. The Company’s wholly owned subsidiary, AnnTaylor Distribution Services, Inc., owns its 256,000 square foot distribution center located in Louisville, Kentucky. The distribution center is located on approximately 29 acres.

About Christopher & Banks Corporation

Christopher & Banks Corporation is a national specialty retailer featuring private-brand women’s apparel and accessories. The Company offers its customers an assortment of clothing for everyday needs. Its merchandise assortments include designs of women’s apparel, generally consisting of casual clothing, everyday basics, wear-to-work, leisure/active wear, and sleepwear in missy, petite and women sizes. The Company also offers a selection of jewelry and accessories, including footwear. The Company operates in the Retail Operations segment, which includes the operation of its retail stores, outlet stores, online and mobile. The Retail Operations segment includes activities generated by the Company’s retail store locations (Missy Petite Women (MPW), Outlet stores, Christopher & Banks (CB), and C.J. Banks (CJ)), as well as the e-commerce business. Its merchandise is developed for women of all sizes, age 40 and older.

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