Chico’s FAS (NYSE: CHS) and The Talbots (NYSE:TLB) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, dividends, earnings and risk.

Dividends

Chico’s FAS pays an annual dividend of $0.33 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.9%. The Talbots does not pay a dividend. Chico’s FAS pays out 49.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Chico’s FAS has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Chico’s FAS and The Talbots’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Chico’s FAS 3.77% 13.98% 7.94%
The Talbots N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Chico’s FAS and The Talbots, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Chico’s FAS 1 8 5 0 2.29
The Talbots 0 0 0 0 N/A

Chico’s FAS presently has a consensus target price of $11.36, suggesting a potential upside of 35.93%.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Chico’s FAS and The Talbots’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Chico’s FAS $2.48 billion 0.43 $91.22 million $0.67 12.48
The Talbots N/A N/A N/A ($1.61) N/A

Chico’s FAS has higher revenue and earnings than The Talbots. The Talbots is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Chico’s FAS, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Chico’s FAS beats The Talbots on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Chico’s FAS Company Profile

Chico’s FAS, Inc. is an omni-channel specialty retailer of women’s private branded, casual-to-dressy clothing, intimates and accessories, operating under the Chico’s, White House Black Market (WHBM) and Soma brand names. The Company is also engaged in the sale of merchandise in its domestic and international retail stores. The Chico’s brand sells private branded clothing focusing on women 45 and older. Chico’s apparel includes the Black Label, Zenergy and Travelers collections. The WHBM brand sells private branded clothing focusing on women 35 and older. WHBM sells clothing and accessory items, including everyday basics, wear-to-work, denim and occasion. It offers black and white color palette. The accessories at WHBM include shoes, belts, scarves, handbags and jewelry. The Soma brand sells private branded lingerie, sleepwear, loungewear, activewear and beauty products focusing on women 35 and older. The lingerie category includes bras, panties, shapewear and swimwear.

The Talbots Company Profile

The Talbots Inc. is a United States-based company, which operates as a retailer and direct marketer of women’s clothing, shoes and accessories. The Company offers blazer, trench, white shirt, ballet flat and pearls. It sells its products through different outlets. It also provides e-commerce service and its website offers MyTalbots, which allows customers to register for benefits and customize their online shopping experience; Style by Design appointment shopping; Pearls of Wisdom, offering fashion advice and styling ideas; and a Find in Store feature, which enables customers to locate and reserve merchandise in any Talbots store.

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