Duluth Holdings (NASDAQ: DLTH) and V.F. Corporation (NYSE:VFC) are both apparel & accessories – nec companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation and risk.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Duluth Holdings and V.F. Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Duluth Holdings $376.12 million 1.38 $21.31 million $0.59 30.24
V.F. Corporation $12.02 billion 2.30 $1.07 billion $2.41 29.08

V.F. Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Duluth Holdings. V.F. Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Duluth Holdings, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Duluth Holdings and V.F. Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Duluth Holdings 4.64% 17.05% 11.69%
V.F. Corporation 8.24% 29.22% 12.65%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

34.1% of Duluth Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. 70.4% of Duluth Holdings shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.6% of V.F. Corporation shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

V.F. Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. Duluth Holdings does not pay a dividend. V.F. Corporation pays out 69.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. V.F. Corporation has increased its dividend for 44 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Duluth Holdings and V.F. Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Duluth Holdings 0 4 5 0 2.56
V.F. Corporation 1 15 5 0 2.19

Duluth Holdings presently has a consensus target price of $27.15, indicating a potential upside of 52.18%. V.F. Corporation has a consensus target price of $65.72, indicating a potential downside of 6.22%. Given Duluth Holdings’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Duluth Holdings is more favorable than V.F. Corporation.

Summary

V.F. Corporation beats Duluth Holdings on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Duluth Holdings Company Profile

Duluth Holdings Inc. is a lifestyle brand of men’s and women’s casual wear, workwear and accessories. The Company offers a line of functional products, such as its Longtail T shirts, Buck Naked underwear and Fire Hose work pants. The Company’s segments include direct and retail. The direct segment includes revenues from the Company’s Website and catalogs. The retail segment includes revenues from the Company’s retail and outlet stores. The Company offers its products under the Duluth Trading brand. The Company’s Website, www.duluthtrading.com, serves as a storefront for its product assortment. As of January 29, 2017, the Company operated 14 retail stores and two outlet stores. The Company’s stores range in size from approximately 6,000 to 14,000 selling square feet. The Company’s products also include Ballroom jeans, Duluthflex clothing, Armachillo shirts, Dry on the Fly pants, Armachillo underwear and No-Yank Tank.

V.F. Corporation Company Profile

V.F. Corporation (VF) is engaged in the design, production, procurement, marketing and distribution of branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and related products. The Company’s segments include Outdoor & Action Sports, Jeanswear, Imagewear and Sportswear. Its Outdoor & Action Sports Coalition is a group of authentic outdoor and activity-based lifestyle brands. Its product offerings include apparel, footwear, equipment, backpacks, luggage and accessories. Its Imagewear coalition consists of the Image business. Its Wrangler brand offers denim, apparel, accessories and footwear through mass merchants, specialty stores and department stores in the United States, VF-operated stores and online at www.wrangler.com. The Sportswear coalition consists of the Nautica and Kipling brand businesses in North America (the Kipling brand outside of North America is managed by the Outdoor & Action Sports coalition).

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