Reviewing Carter’s (CRI) & Its Competitors

Carter’s (NYSE: CRI) is one of 37 publicly-traded companies in the “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Carter’s to related companies based on the strength of its valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, earnings and risk.


Carter’s pays an annual dividend of $1.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. Carter’s pays out 29.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” companies pay a dividend yield of 3.2% and pay out 55.5% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Carter’s has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

97.1% of Carter’s shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 75.2% of shares of all “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” companies are owned by institutional investors. 3.1% of Carter’s shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 16.7% of shares of all “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

Carter’s has a beta of 0.3, meaning that its share price is 70% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Carter’s’ rivals have a beta of 0.78, meaning that their average share price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Carter’s and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Carter’s 0 4 9 0 2.69
Carter’s Competitors 607 3138 2935 91 2.37

Carter’s currently has a consensus target price of $102.18, indicating a potential upside of 8.85%. As a group, “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” companies have a potential upside of 8.65%. Given Carter’s’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Carter’s is more favorable than its rivals.


This table compares Carter’s and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Carter’s 7.74% 33.18% 13.13%
Carter’s Competitors 1.09% -2.00% 3.77%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Carter’s and its rivals revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Carter’s $3.26 billion $494.84 million 18.44
Carter’s Competitors $3.36 billion $449.70 million 21.43

Carter’s’ rivals have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Carter’s. Carter’s is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.


Carter’s beats its rivals on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

Carter’s Company Profile

Carter’s, Inc. (Carter’s) is a marketer of apparel for babies and young children in the United States and Canada. The Company owns two brand names in the children’s apparel industry, Carter’s and OshKosh B’gosh (OshKosh). The Company operates through five segments: Carter’s Retail, Carter’s Wholesale, OshKosh Retail, OshKosh Wholesale and International. Its International segment includes company-operated retail stores and online Websites, wholesale operations, and royalty income from its international licensees. It markets products for consumers, and offer various product categories, including baby, sleepwear, play clothes, and related accessories. Its multi-channel international business model – retail stores, online and wholesale – enables it to reach a range of consumers around the world. As of December 31, 2016, its channels included approximately 18,000 wholesale locations, 792 stores in the United States, 164 stores in Canada, and its Canadian and the United States Websites.

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