Financial Comparison: Edgewell Personal Care (EPC) versus DS Healthcare Group (DSKX)

Edgewell Personal Care (NYSE: EPC) and DS Healthcare Group (OTCMKTS:DSKX) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, valuation and risk.

Risk and Volatility

Edgewell Personal Care has a beta of 0.74, suggesting that its share price is 26% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, DS Healthcare Group has a beta of 8.77, suggesting that its share price is 777% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

93.1% of Edgewell Personal Care shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.0% of DS Healthcare Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of Edgewell Personal Care shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 19.4% of DS Healthcare Group shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Edgewell Personal Care and DS Healthcare Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Edgewell Personal Care -0.92% 11.24% 4.61%
DS Healthcare Group -62.31% -1,304.25% -117.85%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Edgewell Personal Care and DS Healthcare Group, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Edgewell Personal Care 2 6 3 0 2.09
DS Healthcare Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

Edgewell Personal Care presently has a consensus target price of $66.20, indicating a potential upside of 21.51%. Given Edgewell Personal Care’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Edgewell Personal Care is more favorable than DS Healthcare Group.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Edgewell Personal Care and DS Healthcare Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Edgewell Personal Care $2.30 billion 1.28 $5.70 million ($0.40) -136.20
DS Healthcare Group $12.95 million 0.02 -$6.93 million ($0.28) -0.04

Edgewell Personal Care has higher revenue and earnings than DS Healthcare Group. Edgewell Personal Care is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than DS Healthcare Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


Edgewell Personal Care beats DS Healthcare Group on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Edgewell Personal Care

Edgewell Personal Care Company is a manufacturer and marketer of personal care products in the wet shave, sun and skin care, feminine care and infant care categories. As of September 30, 2016, the Company had a portfolio of over 25 brands. It manages its business in four segments: Wet Shave, Sun and Skin Care, Feminine Care and All Other. Its Wet shave products are sold under the Schick, Wilkinson Sword, Edge, Skintimate, Shave Guard and Personna brand names. Its Sun and Skin Care products are sold under the Banana Boat, Hawaiian Tropic, Wet Ones and Playtex brand names and offers Wet Ones, portable hand wipes category, and Playtex household gloves, the branded household glove in the United States. Its Feminine Care segment markets its products under the Playtex, Stayfree, Carefree and o.b. brands and markets pads and liners. Its All Other segment includes infant care, pet care and miscellaneous other products.

About DS Healthcare Group

DS Healthcare Group, Inc., doing business as DS Laboratories, is a personal care, product development and marketing company. The Company develops and markets branded personal care products that address thinning hair conditions, skin care and other personal care needs. It develops technologies and products for hair care and personal care needs. Its technologies include Liposome Technology, which acts as a carrier agent, and is designed to enhance the act ion of the active ingredients in its products, and Nanosome Technology, which acts as a delivery vehicle, and is designed to infuse active compounds into targeted cells. The Company products are primarily sold under its DS Laboratories brand. It also sells certain products under its Polaris Labs and Sigma Skin brands. It markets and sells these products through salons, spas, department stores, specialty retailers and distributors. The Company offers products under three product categories: Hair Care, Skin Care and Personal Care.

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