Quiksilver (NYSE: ZQK) and Talon International (OTCMKTS:TALN) are both small-cap consumer goods companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, dividends, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Quiksilver and Talon International, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Quiksilver 0 0 0 0 N/A
Talon International 0 0 0 0 N/A


This table compares Quiksilver and Talon International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Quiksilver -39.62% N/A -53.85%
Talon International 1.28% 7.81% 2.85%

Risk & Volatility

Quiksilver has a beta of 2.61, suggesting that its stock price is 161% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Talon International has a beta of 3.15, suggesting that its stock price is 215% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Quiksilver and Talon International’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Quiksilver N/A N/A N/A ($1.82) N/A
Talon International $48.26 million 0.13 $990,000.00 $0.01 7.01

Talon International has higher revenue and earnings than Quiksilver. Quiksilver is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Talon International, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

0.0% of Talon International shares are owned by institutional investors. 20.3% of Talon International shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


Talon International beats Quiksilver on 8 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Quiksilver

Quiksilver, Inc. is an outdoor sports lifestyle company. The Company designs, develops and distributes branded apparel, footwear, accessories and related products. The Company has four operating segments: the Americas; Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA); Asia/Pacific (APAC), and Corporate Operations. The Company’s Americas segment, consisting of North, South and Central America, includes revenues primarily from the United States, Canada, Brazil and Mexico. The EMEA segment, consisting of Europe, the Middle East and Africa, includes revenues primarily from continental Europe, the United Kingdom, Russia and South Africa. The APAC segment, consisting of Asia and the Pacific Rim, includes revenues primarily from Australia, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan and Indonesia. The Company markets its products under the brands, such as Quiksilver, Roxy and DC. The Quiksilver brand includes a range of apparel and accessories for men and boys inspired by surfing and boardriding sports.

About Talon International

Talon International, Inc. is a holding company, which specializes in the manufacturing and distribution of a range of apparel components and accessories, including custom zippers, apparel trim components and specialty stretch technology for interlinings. The Company distributes a range of apparel zipper, trim and interlining products to manufacturers of fashion apparel, specialty retailers and mass merchandisers. It operates its business under approximately two product groups, such as Talon Zipper and Talon Trim (which includes its Tekfit stretch technology products). It manufactures and distributes zippers under its Talon brand name to manufacturers for apparel brands and retailers. Talon Trim items include labels, buttons, leather patches, woven labels and others. Under its Tekfit brand, it develops and sells fabric stretch technology that utilizes processes to create stretchable comfort waistbands, shirt collars and inner pocketing panels.

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