Gildan Activewear (NYSE: GIL) is one of 26 public companies in the “Apparel & Accessories” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Gildan Activewear to similar businesses based on the strength of its profitability, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Gildan Activewear and its competitors, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Gildan Activewear 0 6 4 0 2.40
Gildan Activewear Competitors 245 1250 1898 72 2.52

Gildan Activewear currently has a consensus target price of $35.33, indicating a potential upside of 12.20%. As a group, “Apparel & Accessories” companies have a potential upside of 5.19%. Given Gildan Activewear’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Gildan Activewear is more favorable than its competitors.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

72.5% of Gildan Activewear shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 49.0% of shares of all “Apparel & Accessories” companies are owned by institutional investors. 28.7% of shares of all “Apparel & Accessories” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


Gildan Activewear pays an annual dividend of $0.37 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Gildan Activewear pays out 22.4% 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. Gildan Activewear has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Gildan Activewear and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Gildan Activewear $2.68 billion $567.29 million 19.08
Gildan Activewear Competitors $2.68 billion $378.34 million -4.56

Gildan Activewear has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. Gildan Activewear is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.


This table compares Gildan Activewear and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Gildan Activewear 14.16% 18.65% 12.68%
Gildan Activewear Competitors -1,512.44% -11.23% -7.75%

Volatility and Risk

Gildan Activewear has a beta of 0.69, suggesting that its stock price is 31% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Gildan Activewear’s competitors have a beta of 0.73, suggesting that their average stock price is 27% less volatile than the S&P 500.


Gildan Activewear beats its competitors on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

About Gildan Activewear

Gildan Activewear Inc. is a manufacturer and marketer of branded basic family apparel, including T-shirts, fleece, sport shirts, underwear, socks, hosiery and shapewear. The Company operates through two segments: Printwear and Branded Apparel. The Printwear segment designs, manufactures, sources, markets, and distributes undecorated activewear products. The Branded Apparel segment designs, manufactures, sources, markets, and distributes branded family apparel, which includes athletic, casual and dress socks, underwear, activewear, sheer hosiery, legwear, and shapewear products, which are sold to retailers in the United States and Canada. The Company sells its products under various brands, including the Gildan, Gold Toe, Anvil, Comfort Colors, American Apparel, Alstyle, Secret, Silks, Kushyfoot, Secret Silky, Therapy Plus, Peds, and MediPeds brands. The Company distributes its products in printwear markets in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Latin America.

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