PVH Corp. (NYSE: PVH) and lululemon athletica inc. (NASDAQ:LULU) are both mid-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Risk and Volatility

PVH Corp. has a beta of 0.51, suggesting that its share price is 49% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, lululemon athletica inc. has a beta of 0.25, suggesting that its share price is 75% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

PVH Corp. pays an annual dividend of $0.15 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.1%. lululemon athletica inc. does not pay a dividend. PVH Corp. pays out 3.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares PVH Corp. and lululemon athletica inc.’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
PVH Corp. $8.27 billion 1.17 $1.12 billion $4.82 25.80
lululemon athletica inc. $2.37 billion 3.21 $507.41 million N/A N/A

PVH Corp. has higher revenue and earnings than lululemon athletica inc..

Institutional and Insider Ownership

98.1% of PVH Corp. shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 80.6% of lululemon athletica inc. shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.5% of PVH Corp. shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.3% of lululemon athletica inc. shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares PVH Corp. and lululemon athletica inc.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
PVH Corp. 4.69% 11.57% 5.04%
lululemon athletica inc. 12.21% 23.43% 19.27%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for PVH Corp. and lululemon athletica inc., as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
PVH Corp. 0 3 15 0 2.83
lululemon athletica inc. 4 15 18 0 2.38

PVH Corp. presently has a consensus price target of $127.00, suggesting a potential upside of 2.11%. lululemon athletica inc. has a consensus price target of $65.03, suggesting a potential upside of 8.51%. Given lululemon athletica inc.’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe lululemon athletica inc. is more favorable than PVH Corp..

Summary

lululemon athletica inc. beats PVH Corp. on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

PVH Corp. Company Profile

PVH Corp. is an apparel company. The Company operates through three segments: Calvin Klein, which consists of the Calvin Klein North America and Calvin Klein International segments; Tommy Hilfiger, which consists of the Tommy Hilfiger North America and Tommy Hilfiger International segments, and Heritage Brands, which consists of the Heritage Brands Wholesale and Heritage Brands Retail segments. The Company’s brand portfolio consists of various brand names, including Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Van Heusen, IZOD, ARROW, Warner’s, Olga and Eagle, which are owned, and Speedo, Geoffrey Beene, Kenneth Cole New York, Kenneth Cole Reaction, Sean John, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Michael Kors Collection and Chaps, which are licensed, as well as various other licensed and private label brands. The Company designs and markets dress shirts, neckwear, sportswear, jeanswear, intimate apparel, swim products and handbags, footwear and other related products.

lululemon athletica inc. Company Profile

lululemon athletica inc. is a designer, distributor and retailer of athletic apparel. The Company operates through two segments: Company-operated stores and Direct to consumer. It is also engaged in the sale from outlets, showrooms, sales from temporary locations, sales to wholesale accounts, warehouse sales, and license and supply arrangements. Its direct to consumer segment generates revenue from its lululemon and ivivva e-commerce Websites, www.lululemon.com and www.ivivva.com, and other country and region specific Websites. It offers a range of apparel and accessories for women, men and female youth. The Company’s apparel assortment includes items, such as pants, shorts, tops, and jackets designed for healthy lifestyle and athletic activities, such as yoga, running, training, most other sweaty pursuits, and athletic wear for female youth. The Company also offers fitness-related accessories, including an array of items, such as bags, socks, underwear, yoga mats and water bottles.

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