Buckle, Inc. (The) (NYSE: BKE) is one of 36 publicly-traded companies in the “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Buckle, Inc. (The) to similar businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, earnings and dividends.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

61.6% of Buckle, Inc. (The) shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 74.0% of shares of all “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” companies are held by institutional investors. 41.7% of Buckle, Inc. (The) shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 16.9% of shares of all “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Buckle, Inc. (The) and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Buckle, Inc. (The) $974.87 million $97.96 million 10.56
Buckle, Inc. (The) Competitors $3.70 billion $155.49 million 844.66

Buckle, Inc. (The)’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Buckle, Inc. (The). Buckle, Inc. (The) is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Risk & Volatility

Buckle, Inc. (The) has a beta of 0.94, indicating that its share price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Buckle, Inc. (The)’s competitors have a beta of 0.84, indicating that their average share price is 16% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Buckle, Inc. (The) 9.40% 19.96% 15.04%
Buckle, Inc. (The) Competitors 1.93% 5.65% 5.73%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Buckle, Inc. (The) and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Buckle, Inc. (The) 1 0 0 0 1.00
Buckle, Inc. (The) Competitors 590 3216 3095 93 2.38

Buckle, Inc. (The) presently has a consensus target price of $13.00, indicating a potential downside of 31.58%. As a group, “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” companies have a potential upside of 9.58%. Given Buckle, Inc. (The)’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Buckle, Inc. (The) has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Dividends

Buckle, Inc. (The) pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.3%. Buckle, Inc. (The) pays out 55.6% 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 60.0% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Buckle, Inc. (The) has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years. Buckle, Inc. (The) is clearly a better dividend stock than its competitors, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Summary

Buckle, Inc. (The) competitors beat Buckle, Inc. (The) on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

Buckle, Inc. (The) Company Profile

The Buckle, Inc. is a retailer of casual apparel, footwear and accessories for young men and women. As of January 28, 2017, the Company operated 467 retail stores in 44 states throughout the United States under the names Buckle and The Buckle. The Company markets a selection of brand name casual apparel, including denims, other casual bottoms, tops, sportswear, outerwear, accessories and footwear. The Company provides customer services, such as free hemming, free gift-wrapping, easy layaways, the Buckle private label credit card, and a guest loyalty program. The Company offers denims from brands, such as Miss Me, Rock Revival, Big Star Vintage, Buffalo Jeans, KanCan, Flying Monkey and Levi’s. Its other brands include Hurley, Billabong, Affliction, American Fighter, Fast & Furious, Oakley, Fox, Puma, Obey, RVCA, Salvage, 7 Diamonds, Nixon, Amuse Society, Free People, White Crow, Corral, Reef, Kustom, Timberland, UGG, TOMS, SAXX, Stance, Lokai, Ray-Ban, and Fossil.

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