Talon International (OTCMKTS: TALN) and Quiksilver (NYSE:ZQK) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability and risk.

Profitability

This table compares Talon International and Quiksilver’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Talon International 1.28% 7.81% 2.85%
Quiksilver -39.62% N/A -53.85%

Volatility and Risk

Talon International has a beta of 3.15, indicating that its share price is 215% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Quiksilver has a beta of 2.61, indicating that its share price is 161% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Talon International and Quiksilver, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Talon International 0 0 0 0 N/A
Quiksilver 0 0 0 0 N/A

Institutional and Insider Ownership

0.0% of Talon International shares are held by institutional investors. 20.3% of Talon International shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Talon International and Quiksilver’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Talon International $48.26 million 0.13 $990,000.00 $0.01 7.01
Quiksilver N/A N/A N/A ($1.82) N/A

Talon International has higher revenue and earnings than Quiksilver. Quiksilver is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Talon International, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Talon International beats Quiksilver on 8 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Talon International

Talon International, Inc. is a holding company, which specializes in the manufacturing and distribution of a range of apparel components and accessories, including custom zippers, apparel trim components and specialty stretch technology for interlinings. The Company distributes a range of apparel zipper, trim and interlining products to manufacturers of fashion apparel, specialty retailers and mass merchandisers. It operates its business under approximately two product groups, such as Talon Zipper and Talon Trim (which includes its Tekfit stretch technology products). It manufactures and distributes zippers under its Talon brand name to manufacturers for apparel brands and retailers. Talon Trim items include labels, buttons, leather patches, woven labels and others. Under its Tekfit brand, it develops and sells fabric stretch technology that utilizes processes to create stretchable comfort waistbands, shirt collars and inner pocketing panels.

About Quiksilver

Quiksilver, Inc. is an outdoor sports lifestyle company. The Company designs, develops and distributes branded apparel, footwear, accessories and related products. The Company has four operating segments: the Americas; Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA); Asia/Pacific (APAC), and Corporate Operations. The Company’s Americas segment, consisting of North, South and Central America, includes revenues primarily from the United States, Canada, Brazil and Mexico. The EMEA segment, consisting of Europe, the Middle East and Africa, includes revenues primarily from continental Europe, the United Kingdom, Russia and South Africa. The APAC segment, consisting of Asia and the Pacific Rim, includes revenues primarily from Australia, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan and Indonesia. The Company markets its products under the brands, such as Quiksilver, Roxy and DC. The Quiksilver brand includes a range of apparel and accessories for men and boys inspired by surfing and boardriding sports.

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