Gap, Inc. (The) (NYSE: GPS) is one of 38 publicly-traded companies in the “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Gap, Inc. (The) to similar businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, dividends and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Gap, Inc. (The) and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Gap, Inc. (The) 2 18 6 0 2.15
Gap, Inc. (The) Competitors 517 3005 2920 84 2.39

Gap, Inc. (The) currently has a consensus price target of $26.85, suggesting a potential upside of 4.41%. As a group, “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” companies have a potential upside of 4.45%. Given Gap, Inc. (The)’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Gap, Inc. (The) has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Risk and Volatility

Gap, Inc. (The) has a beta of 0.86, indicating that its share price is 14% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Gap, Inc. (The)’s peers have a beta of 0.86, indicating that their average share price is 14% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Gap, Inc. (The) and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Gap, Inc. (The) $15.52 billion $676.00 million 12.25
Gap, Inc. (The) Competitors $3.99 billion $181.38 million 851.07

Gap, Inc. (The) has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Gap, Inc. (The) 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.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

56.5% of Gap, Inc. (The) shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 75.5% of shares of all “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” companies are held by institutional investors. 27.3% of Gap, Inc. (The) shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 16.4% of shares of all “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Gap, Inc. (The) pays an annual dividend of $0.92 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.6%. Gap, Inc. (The) pays out 43.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” companies pay a dividend yield of 3.0% and pay out 54.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Gap, Inc. (The) has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years. Gap, Inc. (The) is clearly a better dividend stock than its peers, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Profitability

This table compares Gap, Inc. (The) and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Gap, Inc. (The) 5.42% 28.50% 10.64%
Gap, Inc. (The) Competitors 2.18% 4.52% 5.17%

Summary

Gap, Inc. (The) beats its peers on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About Gap, Inc. (The)

The Gap, Inc. (Gap Inc.) is an apparel retail company. The Company offers apparel, accessories and personal care products for men, women and children under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta and Intermix brands. Its products are available to customers online through Company-owned Websites and through the use of third-parties that provide logistics and fulfillment services. In addition to operating in the specialty, outlet, online and franchise channels, it also uses the Company’s omni-channel capabilities to bridge the digital world and physical stores. Its omni-channel services, including order-in-store, reserve-in-store, find-in-store and ship-from-store are tailored across its portfolio of brands. It also sells products that are designed and manufactured by branded third-parties, especially at its Intermix brands. It has Company-operated stores in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Ireland, Japan, Italy, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Mexico.

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