New York & Company, Inc. (NYSE: NWY) and J.Jill (NYSE:JILL) are both small-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, valuation and earnings.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares New York & Company, Inc. and J.Jill’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
New York & Company, Inc. $929.08 million 0.17 -$17.29 million ($0.19) -12.58
J.Jill $639.06 million 0.44 $24.07 million N/A N/A

J.Jill has lower revenue, but higher earnings than New York & Company, Inc..

Institutional and Insider Ownership

82.0% of New York & Company, Inc. shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 31.3% of J.Jill shares are owned by institutional investors. 54.3% of New York & Company, Inc. shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 8.7% of J.Jill shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares New York & Company, Inc. and J.Jill’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
New York & Company, Inc. -1.31% -7.85% -2.04%
J.Jill N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for New York & Company, Inc. and J.Jill, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
New York & Company, Inc. 0 0 0 0 N/A
J.Jill 0 5 4 0 2.44

J.Jill has a consensus price target of $15.38, indicating a potential upside of 141.75%. Given J.Jill’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe J.Jill is more favorable than New York & Company, Inc..

Summary

J.Jill beats New York & Company, Inc. on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

New York & Company, Inc. Company Profile

New York & Company, Inc. is a specialty retailer of women’s fashion apparel and accessories. The Company’s branded New York & Company merchandise is sold through its national network of retail stores and online at www.nyandcompany.com. It operates approximately 490 stores, including over 80 outlet stores in over 40 states. It offers brands, including NY&C, City Style, NY Style, Soho Jeans, Lerner and Lerner New York. It offers a merchandise assortment consisting of wear-to-work, casual apparel and accessories, including pants, dresses, jackets, knit tops, blouses, sweaters, denim, t-shirts, activewear, handbags, jewelry and shoes. Its stores are located in shopping malls, lifestyle centers, outlet centers, and off-mall locations, including urban street locations. The outlet stores offer a merchandise mix consisting of apparel and accessories.

J.Jill Company Profile

J.Jill, Inc. (J.Jill) operates as a specialty retailer in the women’s apparel industry. J.Jill is a women’s apparel brand focused on customer in the 40-65 age segment. The Company operates an integrated omni-channel platform that is diversified across its retail stores, Website and catalogs. It operates in the retail and direct channels segment. Its direct channel consists of its Website and catalog orders. As of January 28, 2017, it operated 275 stores in 43 states. The Company also offers a range of footwear and accessories, including scarves, jewelry and hosiery. Its products are marketed under the J.Jill brand name and sold through its direct and retail channels. It offers two sub-brands as extensions of its brand aesthetic: Pure Jill and Wearever. Its Website provides customers with access to the J.Jill product offering and features content, including updates on new collections and guidance on how to wear and wardrobe its styles.

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