BROTHER INDUSTR/ADR (OTCMKTS:BRTHY) and Debenhams (OTCMKTS:DBHSY) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, dividends, profitability, risk and analyst recommendations.


BROTHER INDUSTR/ADR pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. Debenhams pays an annual dividend of $0.02 per share. Debenhams pays out -1.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.0% of BROTHER INDUSTR/ADR shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares BROTHER INDUSTR/ADR and Debenhams’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
BROTHER INDUSTR/ADR $6.16 billion 0.79 $471.90 million N/A N/A
Debenhams $3.07 billion N/A -$621.24 million ($2.02) N/A

BROTHER INDUSTR/ADR has higher revenue and earnings than Debenhams.

Volatility and Risk

BROTHER INDUSTR/ADR has a beta of 1.15, suggesting that its share price is 15% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Debenhams has a beta of -0.62, suggesting that its share price is 162% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for BROTHER INDUSTR/ADR and Debenhams, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Debenhams 0 1 0 0 2.00


This table compares BROTHER INDUSTR/ADR and Debenhams’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
BROTHER INDUSTR/ADR 7.46% 11.70% 7.17%
Debenhams N/A N/A N/A


BROTHER INDUSTR/ADR beats Debenhams on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.


Brother Industries, Ltd. manufactures and sells communications and printing equipment in Japan, the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, rest of Asia, Oceania, and internationally. It operates through Printing & Solutions Business, Personal & Home Business, Machinery Business, Network & Contents Business, and Domino Business segments. The Printing & Solutions Business segment offers laser and inkjet printers; all-in-one black-and-white laser and color printers; fax machines and scanners; and electronic stationary comprising labeling systems, and label and mobile printers. The Personal & Home Business segment provides home sewing and cutting machines, sewing and embroidery machines, and commercial embroidery machines. The Machinery Business segment offers industrial sewing machines, machine tools, and garment printers, as well as industrial parts, such as reducers and gears. The Network & Contents Business segment provides online karaoke systems, music boxes, applications for smartphones/tablets, health care supporting equipment, and content services, as well as manages Karaoke clubs. The Domino Business segment offers cording and marking equipment, digital printing equipment, etc. The company was formerly known as Nippon Sewing Machine Manufacturing Co. and changed its name to Brother Industries, Ltd. in 1962. Brother Industries, Ltd. was founded in 1908 and is headquartered in Nagoya, Japan.

Debenhams Company Profile

Debenhams plc, through its subsidiaries, operates and franchises a range of department stores in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, Denmark, and internationally. It provides women's wear, men's wear, kids wear, and lingerie, as well as beauty, home, furniture, gift and toy, electrical, Christmas, and others products. The company's brands primarily include The Collection, Mantaray, Maine New England, and Red Herring. It is also involved in online retailing business; and the operation of in-store cafes and restaurants. The company owns and operates 240 department stores in approximately 90 countries. Debenhams plc was founded in 1778 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

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