Head-To-Head Comparison: Christopher & Banks (CBK) and The Talbots (TLB)

Christopher & Banks (NYSE: CBK) and The Talbots (NYSE:TLB) are both cyclical consumer goods & services companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Christopher & Banks and The Talbots’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Christopher & Banks -8.48% -46.51% -22.89%
The Talbots N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Christopher & Banks and The Talbots, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Christopher & Banks 0 0 0 0 N/A
The Talbots 0 0 0 0 N/A

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Christopher & Banks and The Talbots’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Christopher & Banks $381.61 million 0.12 -$17.78 million ($0.82) -1.51
The Talbots N/A N/A N/A ($1.61) N/A

The Talbots has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Christopher & Banks. Christopher & Banks is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than The Talbots, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

39.0% of Christopher & Banks shares are held by institutional investors. 18.6% of Christopher & Banks shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

About Christopher & Banks

Christopher & Banks Corporation is a national specialty retailer featuring private-brand women’s apparel and accessories. The Company offers its customers an assortment of clothing for everyday needs. Its merchandise assortments include designs of women’s apparel, generally consisting of casual clothing, everyday basics, wear-to-work, leisure/active wear, and sleepwear in missy, petite and women sizes. The Company also offers a selection of jewelry and accessories, including footwear. The Company operates in the Retail Operations segment, which includes the operation of its retail stores, outlet stores, online and mobile. The Retail Operations segment includes activities generated by the Company’s retail store locations (Missy Petite Women (MPW), Outlet stores, Christopher & Banks (CB), and C.J. Banks (CJ)), as well as the e-commerce business. Its merchandise is developed for women of all sizes, age 40 and older.

About The Talbots

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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