J.Jill (NYSE: JILL) and The Talbots (NYSE:TLB) are both retail/wholesale 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 J.Jill and The Talbots’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
J.Jill 4.15% 23.68% 5.57%
The Talbots N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

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

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
J.Jill 0 5 4 0 2.44
The Talbots 0 0 0 0 N/A

J.Jill currently has a consensus price target of $15.38, suggesting a potential upside of 84.80%.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares J.Jill and The Talbots’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
J.Jill $639.06 million 0.57 $24.07 million $0.65 12.80
The Talbots N/A N/A N/A ($1.61) N/A

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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

31.3% of J.Jill shares are held by institutional investors. 8.7% of J.Jill 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.

Summary

J.Jill beats The Talbots on 8 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About J.Jill

J.Jill, Inc. (J.Jill) operates as a specialty retailer in the women’s apparel industry. J.Jill is a women’s apparel brand focused on customer in the 40-65 age segment. The Company operates an integrated omni-channel platform that is diversified across its retail stores, Website and catalogs. It operates in the retail and direct channels segment. Its direct channel consists of its Website and catalog orders. As of January 28, 2017, it operated 275 stores in 43 states. The Company also offers a range of footwear and accessories, including scarves, jewelry and hosiery. Its products are marketed under the J.Jill brand name and sold through its direct and retail channels. It offers two sub-brands as extensions of its brand aesthetic: Pure Jill and Wearever. Its Website provides customers with access to the J.Jill product offering and features content, including updates on new collections and guidance on how to wear and wardrobe its styles.

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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