Buckle, Inc. (The) (NYSE: BKE) is one of 38 publicly-traded companies in the “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Buckle, Inc. (The) to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, valuation, institutional ownership and risk.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

59.7% of Buckle, Inc. (The) shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 75.4% of shares of all “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” companies are held by institutional investors. 41.7% of Buckle, Inc. (The) shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 16.4% of shares of all “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Buckle, Inc. (The) and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Buckle, Inc. (The) $974.87 million $97.96 million 9.86
Buckle, Inc. (The) Competitors $3.99 billion $181.38 million 21.14

Buckle, Inc. (The)’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Buckle, Inc. (The). Buckle, Inc. (The) is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Volatility and Risk

Buckle, Inc. (The) has a beta of 0.94, suggesting that its stock price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Buckle, Inc. (The)’s competitors have a beta of 0.74, suggesting that their average stock price is 26% less volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Buckle, Inc. (The) and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Buckle, Inc. (The) 9.40% 19.96% 15.04%
Buckle, Inc. (The) Competitors 2.22% 4.28% 5.03%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Buckle, Inc. (The) and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Buckle, Inc. (The) 1 0 0 0 1.00
Buckle, Inc. (The) Competitors 517 2994 2916 84 2.39

Buckle, Inc. (The) currently has a consensus price target of $13.00, indicating a potential downside of 26.76%. As a group, “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” companies have a potential upside of 9.63%. Given Buckle, Inc. (The)’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Buckle, Inc. (The) has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.


Buckle, Inc. (The) pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.6%. Buckle, Inc. (The) pays out 55.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” companies pay a dividend yield of 3.1% and pay out 55.8% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Buckle, Inc. (The) has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years. Buckle, Inc. (The) is clearly a better dividend stock than its competitors, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.


Buckle, Inc. (The) competitors beat Buckle, Inc. (The) on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About Buckle, Inc. (The)

The Buckle, Inc. is a retailer of casual apparel, footwear and accessories for young men and women. As of January 28, 2017, the Company operated 467 retail stores in 44 states throughout the United States under the names Buckle and The Buckle. The Company markets a selection of brand name casual apparel, including denims, other casual bottoms, tops, sportswear, outerwear, accessories and footwear. The Company provides customer services, such as free hemming, free gift-wrapping, easy layaways, the Buckle private label credit card, and a guest loyalty program. The Company offers denims from brands, such as Miss Me, Rock Revival, Big Star Vintage, Buffalo Jeans, KanCan, Flying Monkey and Levi’s. Its other brands include Hurley, Billabong, Affliction, American Fighter, Fast & Furious, Oakley, Fox, Puma, Obey, RVCA, Salvage, 7 Diamonds, Nixon, Amuse Society, Free People, White Crow, Corral, Reef, Kustom, Timberland, UGG, TOMS, SAXX, Stance, Lokai, Ray-Ban, and Fossil.

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