Head-To-Head Survey: L Brands (LB) & L Brands (LTD)

L Brands (NYSE: LB) and L Brands (NYSE:LTD) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, valuation, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

79.5% of L Brands shares are owned by institutional investors. 16.7% of L Brands shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for L Brands and L Brands, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
L Brands 4 15 11 0 2.23
L Brands 0 0 0 0 N/A

L Brands currently has a consensus price target of $46.82, suggesting a potential upside of 9.50%. Given L Brands’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe L Brands is more favorable than L Brands.

Profitability

This table compares L Brands and L Brands’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
L Brands 8.04% -103.18% 12.00%
L Brands 5.05% N/A 7.13%

Dividends

L Brands pays an annual dividend of $2.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.6%. L Brands does not pay a dividend. L Brands pays out 70.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. L Brands has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares L Brands and L Brands’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
L Brands $12.26 billion 0.99 $2.34 billion $3.41 12.54
L Brands N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

L Brands has higher revenue and earnings than L Brands.

Summary

L Brands beats L Brands on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About L Brands

L Brands, Inc. operates specialty retail business. The Company is focused on women’s intimate and other apparel, personal care, beauty and home fragrance categories. Its segments include Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works, and Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works International. It sells its merchandise through company-owned specialty retail stores in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Greater China, which are mall-based; through Websites, and through international franchise, license and wholesale partners. It operates in the retail brands, which include Victoria’s Secret, PINK, Bath & Body Works and La Senza. La Senza is a specialty retailer of women’s intimate apparel. It sells its La Senza products at over 120 La Senza stores in Canada. Henri Bendel sells handbags, jewelry and other accessory products through New York and 28 other stores. Mast Global is a merchandise sourcing and production function serving the Company and its international partners.

About L Brands

L Brands, Inc. operates specialty retail business. The Company is focused on women’s intimate and other apparel, personal care, beauty and home fragrance categories. Its segments include Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works, and Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works International. It sells its merchandise through company-owned specialty retail stores in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Greater China, which are mall-based; through Websites, and through international franchise, license and wholesale partners. It operates in the retail brands, which include Victoria’s Secret, PINK, Bath & Body Works and La Senza. La Senza is a specialty retailer of women’s intimate apparel. It sells its La Senza products at over 120 La Senza stores in Canada. Henri Bendel sells handbags, jewelry and other accessory products through New York and 28 other stores. Mast Global is a merchandise sourcing and production function serving the Company and its international partners.

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