Coastal Contacts (NASDAQ: COA) and Container Store (The) (NYSE:TCS) are both small-cap other specialty retailers – nec companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends, earnings and valuation.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Coastal Contacts and Container Store (The)’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Coastal Contacts N/A N/A N/A ($0.48) -23.52
Container Store (The) $819.93 million 0.32 $14.95 million $0.10 53.70

Container Store (The) has higher revenue and earnings than Coastal Contacts. Coastal Contacts is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Container Store (The), indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Coastal Contacts and Container Store (The), as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Coastal Contacts 0 0 0 0 N/A
Container Store (The) 1 3 0 0 1.75

Container Store (The) has a consensus price target of $4.83, indicating a potential downside of 9.99%. Given Container Store (The)’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Container Store (The) is more favorable than Coastal Contacts.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

79.3% of Container Store (The) shares are held by institutional investors. 65.7% of Container Store (The) shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Coastal Contacts and Container Store (The)’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Coastal Contacts N/A N/A N/A
Container Store (The) 0.59% 6.18% 1.76%

Summary

Container Store (The) beats Coastal Contacts on 8 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Coastal Contacts Company Profile

Coastal Contacts Inc. is an online retailer of eyewear serving markets in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. The Company operates in two primary product segments: contact lenses and glasses. The Company has approximately nine stores in Canada and Sweden. It sells contact lenses manufactured by multinational companies, such as Vistakon (a division of Johnson and Johnson Vision Care Inc.), Alcon, Inc., Bausch & Lomb Inc. and Coopervision Inc. Its products are offered for sale by telephone, e9 mail, through its Websites, which include www.ClearlyContacts.ca, www.ClearlyContacts.com.au, www.ClearlyContacts.co.nz, www.LensWay.se, www.LensWay.fi, www.LensWay.nl, www.LensWay.no, www.LensWay.co.uk, and www.ContactSan.com or at one of its nine physical retail locations. In April 2014, the Company announced that Essilor International (Compagnie Generale d’Optique), S.A. (Essilor) has indirectly acquired the interest of Coastal.com.

Container Store (The) Company Profile

The Container Store Group, Inc. is a specialty retailer of storage and organization products. The Company’s segments include The Container Store (TCS), Elfa and Corporate/Other. The Company’s TCS segment consists of its retail stores, Website and call center, as well as its installation and organizational services business. The Company’s Elfa segment includes the manufacturing business that produces the elfa brand products that are sold domestically, exclusively through the TCS segment, as well as throughout Europe. Its Swedish subsidiary, Elfa International AB (Elfa), designs and manufactures component-based shelving and drawer systems and made-to-measure sliding doors. It merchandises over 11,000 products in each of its stores and online. Its stores are organized into various lifestyle departments, which include Bath, Box, Closets, Collections, Containers, Custom Closets, Food Storage, Gift Packaging, Hooks, Kitchen, Laundry, Office, Shelving, Storage, Trash and Travel.

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