L Brands (NYSE: LTD) is one of 38 public companies in the “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare L Brands to related businesses based on the strength of its risk, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for L Brands and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
L Brands 0 0 0 0 N/A
L Brands Competitors 517 2994 2919 84 2.39

As a group, “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” companies have a potential upside of 4.62%. Given L Brands’ peers higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe L Brands has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

75.4% of shares of all “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” companies are held by institutional investors. 16.4% of shares of all “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares L Brands and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
L Brands 5.05% N/A 7.13%
L Brands Competitors 2.20% 4.56% 5.20%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares L Brands and its peers revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
L Brands N/A N/A 13.74
L Brands Competitors $3.99 billion $181.38 million 683.55

L Brands’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than L Brands. L Brands is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Risk & Volatility

L Brands has a beta of 0.68, indicating that its stock price is 32% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, L Brands’ peers have a beta of 0.84, indicating that their average stock price is 16% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

L Brands peers beat L Brands on 6 of the 8 factors compared.

L Brands Company Profile

L Brands, Inc. operates specialty retail business. The Company is focused on women’s intimate and other apparel, personal care, beauty and home fragrance categories. Its segments include Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works, and Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works International. It sells its merchandise through company-owned specialty retail stores in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Greater China, which are mall-based; through Websites, and through international franchise, license and wholesale partners. It operates in the retail brands, which include Victoria’s Secret, PINK, Bath & Body Works and La Senza. La Senza is a specialty retailer of women’s intimate apparel. It sells its La Senza products at over 120 La Senza stores in Canada. Henri Bendel sells handbags, jewelry and other accessory products through New York and 28 other stores. Mast Global is a merchandise sourcing and production function serving the Company and its international partners.

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