Financial Comparison: Barnes & Noble Education (BNED) versus The Competition

Barnes & Noble Education (NYSE: BNED) is one of 21 public companies in the “Other Specialty Retailers” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Barnes & Noble Education to related businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, risk and profitability.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Barnes & Noble Education and its peers revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Barnes & Noble Education $1.99 billion $82.02 million -163.71
Barnes & Noble Education Competitors $3.37 billion $363.69 million 4.53

Barnes & Noble Education’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Barnes & Noble Education. Barnes & Noble Education is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

68.5% of Barnes & Noble Education shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.9% of shares of all “Other Specialty Retailers” companies are held by institutional investors. 3.5% of Barnes & Noble Education shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 22.7% of shares of all “Other Specialty Retailers” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for Barnes & Noble Education and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Barnes & Noble Education 0 0 2 0 3.00
Barnes & Noble Education Competitors 337 934 1059 38 2.34

Barnes & Noble Education presently has a consensus price target of $12.00, suggesting a potential upside of 83.21%. As a group, “Other Specialty Retailers” companies have a potential downside of 7.70%. Given Barnes & Noble Education’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Barnes & Noble Education is more favorable than its peers.

Risk and Volatility

Barnes & Noble Education has a beta of 1.11, meaning that its stock price is 11% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Barnes & Noble Education’s peers have a beta of 1.24, meaning that their average stock price is 24% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Barnes & Noble Education and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Barnes & Noble Education -0.08% -0.12% -0.06%
Barnes & Noble Education Competitors 18.78% -65.05% 4.15%

Summary

Barnes & Noble Education peers beat Barnes & Noble Education on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

About Barnes & Noble Education

Barnes & Noble Education, Inc. is a contract operator of bookstores on college and university campuses across the United States and a provider of digital education services. The Company offers a support system, and a retail and digital learning experience for students. Through its subsidiary, Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLC, the Company operates approximately 750 campus bookstores and the school-branded e-commerce sites for each store, serving over five million college students and their faculty. The Company offers a set of products and services to help students, faculty and administrators achieve their shared educational and social goals. Its suite of product offerings includes Textbook and Course Material Sales, Textbook and Course Material Rentals, General Merchandise, Trade, Digital Education and Brand Partnerships. The Company also offers other merchandise, such as laptops and other technology products, notebooks, backpacks, school and dormitory supplies and related items.

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