Gildan Activewear (NYSE: GIL) is one of 26 public companies in the “Apparel & Accessories” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Gildan Activewear to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, risk and valuation.


Gildan Activewear pays an annual dividend of $0.37 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Gildan Activewear pays out 22.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Apparel & Accessories” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.4% and pay out 40.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Gildan Activewear has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

72.6% of Gildan Activewear shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 45.9% of shares of all “Apparel & Accessories” companies are held by institutional investors. 29.9% of shares of all “Apparel & Accessories” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Gildan Activewear and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Gildan Activewear $2.68 billion $567.29 million 18.79
Gildan Activewear Competitors $2.68 billion $378.34 million -3.55

Gildan Activewear has higher revenue and earnings than its rivals. Gildan Activewear is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.


This table compares Gildan Activewear and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Gildan Activewear 14.16% 18.65% 12.68%
Gildan Activewear Competitors -1,512.44% -11.23% -7.75%

Volatility & Risk

Gildan Activewear has a beta of 0.69, meaning that its share price is 31% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Gildan Activewear’s rivals have a beta of 0.73, meaning that their average share price is 27% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Gildan Activewear and its rivals, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Gildan Activewear 0 6 4 0 2.40
Gildan Activewear Competitors 241 1236 1881 72 2.52

Gildan Activewear currently has a consensus target price of $35.33, suggesting a potential upside of 13.94%. As a group, “Apparel & Accessories” companies have a potential upside of 4.29%. Given Gildan Activewear’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Gildan Activewear is more favorable than its rivals.


Gildan Activewear beats its rivals on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

About Gildan Activewear

Gildan Activewear Inc. is a manufacturer and marketer of branded basic family apparel, including T-shirts, fleece, sport shirts, underwear, socks, hosiery and shapewear. The Company operates through two segments: Printwear and Branded Apparel. The Printwear segment designs, manufactures, sources, markets, and distributes undecorated activewear products. The Branded Apparel segment designs, manufactures, sources, markets, and distributes branded family apparel, which includes athletic, casual and dress socks, underwear, activewear, sheer hosiery, legwear, and shapewear products, which are sold to retailers in the United States and Canada. The Company sells its products under various brands, including the Gildan, Gold Toe, Anvil, Comfort Colors, American Apparel, Alstyle, Secret, Silks, Kushyfoot, Secret Silky, Therapy Plus, Peds, and MediPeds brands. The Company distributes its products in printwear markets in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Latin America.

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