G-III Apparel Group, LTD. (NASDAQ: GIII) and Ralph Lauren Corporation (NYSE:RL) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, risk, valuation, earnings and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for G-III Apparel Group, LTD. and Ralph Lauren Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
G-III Apparel Group, LTD. 0 4 6 0 2.60
Ralph Lauren Corporation 1 13 3 0 2.12

G-III Apparel Group, LTD. presently has a consensus target price of $30.11, suggesting a potential upside of 9.49%. Ralph Lauren Corporation has a consensus target price of $83.50, suggesting a potential downside of 4.99%. Given G-III Apparel Group, LTD.’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe G-III Apparel Group, LTD. is more favorable than Ralph Lauren Corporation.

Risk & Volatility

G-III Apparel Group, LTD. has a beta of 0.33, meaning that its stock price is 67% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ralph Lauren Corporation has a beta of 0.64, meaning that its stock price is 36% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares G-III Apparel Group, LTD. and Ralph Lauren Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
G-III Apparel Group, LTD. $2.46 billion 0.54 $136.11 million $0.84 32.74
Ralph Lauren Corporation $6.45 billion 1.11 $987.10 million ($0.23) -382.13

Ralph Lauren Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than G-III Apparel Group, LTD.. Ralph Lauren Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than G-III Apparel Group, LTD., indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares G-III Apparel Group, LTD. and Ralph Lauren Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
G-III Apparel Group, LTD. 1.58% 5.57% 3.44%
Ralph Lauren Corporation -0.27% 13.80% 8.14%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

99.4% of G-III Apparel Group, LTD. shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.9% of Ralph Lauren Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 9.6% of G-III Apparel Group, LTD. shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 32.9% of Ralph Lauren Corporation shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Ralph Lauren Corporation pays an annual dividend of $2.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. G-III Apparel Group, LTD. does not pay a dividend. Ralph Lauren Corporation pays out -869.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Ralph Lauren Corporation has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Summary

Ralph Lauren Corporation beats G-III Apparel Group, LTD. on 10 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About G-III Apparel Group, LTD.

G-III Apparel Group, Ltd. designs, manufactures and markets a range of apparel products. The Company operates through two segments: wholesale operations and retail operations. Its apparel products include outerwear, dresses, sportswear, swimwear, women’s suits and women’s performance wear, as well as women’s handbags, footwear, small leather goods, cold weather accessories and luggage. The Company’s owned brands include Donna Karan, DKNY, DKNY Jeans, Vilebrequin, G-III Sports by Carl Banks, Eliza J, Black Rivet and Jessica Howard. It has fashion licenses under the Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Karl Lagerfeld, Kenneth Cole, Cole Haan and Dockers brands. Through its team sports business, it has licenses with the National Football League, National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball and National Hockey League. It also operates retail stores under the Donna Karan, Wilsons Leather, Bass, G.H. Bass & Co., Vilebrequin and Calvin Klein Performance names.

About Ralph Lauren Corporation

Ralph Lauren Corporation is engaged in the design, marketing and distribution of lifestyle products, including apparel, accessories, home furnishings and other licensed product categories. The Company operates through three segments: Wholesale, Retail and Licensing. Wholesale business consists of sales made to department stores and specialty stores around the world. Retail business consists of sales made directly to consumers through retail channel, which includes Company’s’ retail stores, concession-based shop-within-shops and e-commerce operations around the world. Licensing business consists of royalty-based arrangements, under which the Company licenses to unrelated third parties for specified periods the right to operate retail stores and/or to use its various trademarks in connection with the manufacture and sale of designated products, such as certain apparel, eyewear, fragrances and home furnishings.

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