Golfsmith International Holdings (NASDAQ: GOLF) and Hibbett Sports (NASDAQ:HIBB) are both sports & outdoors retailers companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation and risk.


This table compares Golfsmith International Holdings and Hibbett Sports’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Golfsmith International Holdings N/A N/A N/A
Hibbett Sports 4.68% 13.38% 9.58%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Golfsmith International Holdings and Hibbett Sports’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Golfsmith International Holdings N/A N/A N/A ($0.06) N/A
Hibbett Sports $972.96 million 0.29 $61.07 million $2.03 6.75

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Golfsmith International Holdings and Hibbett Sports, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Golfsmith International Holdings 0 8 5 0 2.38
Hibbett Sports 4 12 3 0 1.95

Golfsmith International Holdings currently has a consensus target price of $20.00, suggesting a potential upside of Infinity. Hibbett Sports has a consensus target price of $20.31, suggesting a potential upside of 48.27%. Given Golfsmith International Holdings’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Golfsmith International Holdings is more favorable than Hibbett Sports.


Hibbett Sports beats Golfsmith International Holdings on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Golfsmith International Holdings Company Profile

Golfsmith International Holdings, Inc, the parent company of Golfsmith International, Inc, is a holding company. The Company is a specialty retailer of golf and tennis equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories. The Company operates as an integrated multi-channel retailer, providing its customers the convenience of shopping in the retail stores across United States, through its Internet site,, and from its catalogs.

Hibbett Sports Company Profile

Hibbett Sports, Inc. operates athletic specialty stores in small and mid-sized markets in the South, Southwest, Mid-Atlantic and the Midwest regions of the United States. As of January 28, 2017, the Company had operated 1,078 stores consisting of 1,059 Hibbett Sports stores and 19 smaller-format Sports Additions athletic shoe stores in 35 states. Its primary retail format is Hibbett Sports, which is an approximately 5,000 square foot store. Hibbett Sports stores offer a merchandising mix of localized apparel, footwear, equipment and accessories designed to appeal to a range of customers within each market. Its 19 Sports Additions stores are enclosed mall-based stores, averaging 2,500 square feet with approximately 90% of merchandise consisting of athletic footwear and the remainder consisting of caps and a limited assortment of apparel. Hibbett Team Sales, Inc., a subsidiary of the Company, is a supplier of customized athletic apparel, equipment and footwear.

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