Contrasting Vince (VNCE) and Express (EXPR)

Vince (NYSE: VNCE) and Express (NYSE:EXPR) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership and earnings.

Profitability

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This table compares Vince and Express’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Vince 21.50% -120.03% -7.62%
Express 0.91% 4.45% 2.36%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

4.7% of Vince shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 99.1% of Express shares are owned by institutional investors. 74.0% of Vince shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.6% of Express shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

Vince has a beta of 1.71, suggesting that its share price is 71% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Express has a beta of 0.94, suggesting that its share price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Vince and Express’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Vince $272.58 million 0.37 -$162.65 million N/A N/A
Express $2.14 billion 0.30 $19.36 million $0.36 22.75

Express has higher revenue and earnings than Vince.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for Vince and Express, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Vince 0 1 0 0 2.00
Express 1 7 0 0 1.88

Vince currently has a consensus target price of $1.00, suggesting a potential downside of 88.62%. Express has a consensus target price of $8.61, suggesting a potential upside of 5.14%. Given Express’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Express is more favorable than Vince.

Summary

Express beats Vince on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Vince

Vince Holding Corp. engages in the design, merchandise, and sale of various luxury brand products in the United States and internationally. It operates through two segments, Wholesale and Direct-To-Consumer. The company offers a range of women's products, such as cashmere sweaters, silk blouses, leather and suede leggings and jackets, dresses, denims, pants, tanks, T-shirts, handbags, and outerwear under the Vince brand; and men's products comprising T-shirts, knit and woven tops, sweaters, denim, pants, blazers, outerwear, and leather jackets under the Vince brand. It also provides women's and men's footwear, apparel, and accessories. The company sells its products directly to consumers through its branded specialty retail stores and outlet stores, as well as through Vince.com, an e-commerce platform; and to department stores and specialty stores. As of January 28, 2017, it operated 54 stores, including 40 company-operated full price retail stores and 14 company-operated outlet stores, as well as VINCE.com and e-commerce sites; and sold its products to consumers at approximately 2,300 distribution locations in 40 countries. The company was formerly known as Apparel Holding Corp. and changed its name to Vince Holding Corp. in November 2013. Vince Holding Corp. was founded in 2002 and is based in New York, New York.

About Express

Express, Inc. operates as a specialty apparel and accessories retailer. It offers apparel and accessories for women and men between 20 and 30 years across various aspects of lifestyles, including work, casual, jeanswear, and going-out occasions. The company sells its products through its e-commerce Website, express.com; mobile app; and franchisees Express locations in Latin America. As of June 1, 2017, it operated approximately 650 retail and factory outlet stores in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. The company was formerly known as Express Parent LLC and changed its name to Express, Inc. in May 2010. Express, Inc. was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.

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