Xcel Brands (NASDAQ: XELB) is one of 37 publicly-traded companies in the “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Xcel Brands to related businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, risk, profitability, dividends and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares Xcel Brands and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Xcel Brands 8.38% 0.99% 0.70%
Xcel Brands Competitors 0.80% -2.79% 3.26%

Risk & Volatility

Xcel Brands has a beta of 0.68, suggesting that its stock price is 32% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Xcel Brands’ peers have a beta of 0.78, suggesting that their average stock price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Xcel Brands and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Xcel Brands $32.08 million $4.00 million 24.64
Xcel Brands Competitors $3.36 billion $448.71 million 20.92

Xcel Brands’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than Xcel Brands. Xcel Brands 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Xcel Brands and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Xcel Brands 0 0 1 0 3.00
Xcel Brands Competitors 511 2961 2888 84 2.39

Xcel Brands presently has a consensus target price of $4.50, indicating a potential upside of 30.43%. As a group, “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” companies have a potential upside of 5.31%. Given Xcel Brands’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Xcel Brands is more favorable than its peers.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

17.3% of Xcel Brands shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 75.2% of shares of all “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” companies are owned by institutional investors. 59.9% of Xcel Brands shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 16.5% of shares of all “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Xcel Brands beats its peers on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About Xcel Brands

Xcel Brands, Inc. is a brand development and media company. The Company is engaged in the design, production, licensing, marketing, and direct to consumer sales of branded apparel, footwear, accessories, jewelry, home goods, and other consumer products, and the acquisition of consumer lifestyle brands. The Company’s brand portfolio consists of the Isaac Mizrahi, Judith Ripka, H Halston, C Wonder and Highline Collective brands. The Company also manages and designs the Liz Claiborne New York brand (LCNY Brand). Isaac Mizrahi has over 150 different product categories, including sportswear, footwear, handbags, watches, eyewear, fragrance, tech accessories, intimates, bridal gowns and accessories, pet products, home and other merchandise. The Company’s Judith Ripka is a luxury jewelry brand. Wonder brand offers women’s clothing, footwear, jewelry and accessories; housewares, and home decor and gifts. The Liz Claiborne New York includes women’s apparel, footwear, outerwear and accessories.

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