K Swiss (NASDAQ: KSWS) is one of 27 publicly-traded companies in the “Apparel & Accessories” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare K Swiss to similar companies based on the strength of its dividends, valuation, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and risk.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

52.8% of shares of all “Apparel & Accessories” companies are held by institutional investors. 27.4% of shares of all “Apparel & Accessories” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares K Swiss and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
K Swiss N/A N/A N/A
K Swiss Competitors -1,575.39% -11.68% -8.08%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for K Swiss and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
K Swiss 0 0 0 0 N/A
K Swiss Competitors 267 1310 1930 73 2.51

As a group, “Apparel & Accessories” companies have a potential upside of 13.51%. Given K Swiss’ rivals higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe K Swiss has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares K Swiss and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
K Swiss N/A N/A -4.84
K Swiss Competitors $3.00 billion $167.09 million 418.07

K Swiss’ rivals have higher revenue and earnings than K Swiss. K Swiss is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Volatility and Risk

K Swiss has a beta of 1.22, indicating that its stock price is 22% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, K Swiss’ rivals have a beta of 0.70, indicating that their average stock price is 30% less volatile than the S&P 500.

About K Swiss

K-Swiss Inc. (K-Swiss) is engaged in designing, developing and marketing an array of footwear, apparel and accessories for athletic, sports and fitness activities and casual wear under the K-Swiss brand. The Company also designs, develops and markets footwear for adventurers for all terrains under the Palladium brand. The Company sells products primarily to footwear stores, pro shops, sporting goods stores and department stores. Internationally, as of December 31, 2011, K-Swiss had the right to market its products in 124 countries through eight international subsidiaries and 29 distributors. During the year ended December 31, 2011, approximately 60%, 21%, 17% and 2% of the Company’s footwear products were manufactured in China, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia, respectively. In May 2013, E.Land World Ltd. completed the acquisition of K Swiss Inc in a merger transaction.

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