Financial Contrast: Ann (ANN) and New York & (NWY)

Ann (NYSE: ANN) and New York & (NYSE:NWY) are both cyclical consumer goods & services companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares Ann and New York &’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ann 2.27% 10.25% 5.10%
New York & -1.31% -7.85% -2.04%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Ann and New York &, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ann 0 0 1 0 3.00
New York & 0 0 0 0 N/A

Ann presently has a consensus price target of $50.00, indicating a potential upside of 11.38%. Given Ann’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Ann is more favorable than New York &.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

81.5% of New York & shares are held by institutional investors. 54.3% of New York & shares 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.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Ann and New York &’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ann N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
New York & $914.20 million 0.14 $25.64 million ($0.19) -10.58

New York & has higher revenue and earnings than Ann.

Summary

Ann beats New York & on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Ann Company Profile

ANN INC., through its wholly owned subsidiaries, is a specialty retailer of women’s apparel, shoes and accessories sold primarily under the Ann Taylor and LOFT brands. The Company operates in four segments: Ann Taylor, LOFT, Ann Taylor Factory and LOFT Outlet. The Company operates approximately 1,030 retail stores in 47 states of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Canada, comprising 245 Ann Taylor stores, 537 LOFT stores, 116 Ann Taylor Factory stores, 127 LOFT Outlet stores and five Lou & Grey stores. In addition, the Company’s clients shop online in over 100 countries across the world at www.anntaylor.com and www.LOFT.com, and at three LOFT franchise locations in Mexico. The Company’s wholly owned subsidiary, AnnTaylor Distribution Services, Inc., owns its 256,000 square foot distribution center located in Louisville, Kentucky. The distribution center is located on approximately 29 acres.

New York & Company Profile

New York & Company, Inc. is a specialty retailer of women’s fashion apparel and accessories. The Company’s branded New York & Company merchandise is sold through its national network of retail stores and online at www.nyandcompany.com. It operates approximately 490 stores, including over 80 outlet stores in over 40 states. It offers brands, including NY&C, City Style, NY Style, Soho Jeans, Lerner and Lerner New York. It offers a merchandise assortment consisting of wear-to-work, casual apparel and accessories, including pants, dresses, jackets, knit tops, blouses, sweaters, denim, t-shirts, activewear, handbags, jewelry and shoes. Its stores are located in shopping malls, lifestyle centers, outlet centers, and off-mall locations, including urban street locations. The outlet stores offer a merchandise mix consisting of apparel and accessories.

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