Head to Head Contrast: Express (EXPR) & Michael Kors Holdings Limited (KORS)

Express (NYSE: EXPR) and Michael Kors Holdings Limited (NYSE:KORS) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Express and Michael Kors Holdings Limited, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Express 0 9 0 0 2.00
Michael Kors Holdings Limited 2 18 8 0 2.21

Express presently has a consensus target price of $8.50, suggesting a potential upside of 23.73%. Michael Kors Holdings Limited has a consensus target price of $49.38, suggesting a potential downside of 8.70%. Given Express’ higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Express is more favorable than Michael Kors Holdings Limited.

Profitability

This table compares Express and Michael Kors Holdings Limited’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Express 0.85% 4.25% 2.24%
Michael Kors Holdings Limited 12.68% 42.09% 28.42%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

99.1% of Express shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 85.2% of Michael Kors Holdings Limited shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.6% of Express shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 6.0% of Michael Kors Holdings Limited shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Express has a beta of 1.33, meaning that its stock price is 33% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Michael Kors Holdings Limited has a beta of 0.05, meaning that its stock price is 95% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Express and Michael Kors Holdings Limited’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Express $2.19 billion 0.25 $57.41 million $0.23 29.87
Michael Kors Holdings Limited $4.49 billion 1.83 $552.50 million $3.59 15.07

Michael Kors Holdings Limited has higher revenue and earnings than Express. Michael Kors Holdings Limited is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Express, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Michael Kors Holdings Limited beats Express on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Express Company Profile

Express, Inc. is a specialty apparel and accessories retailer offering both women’s and men’s merchandise. The Company targets women and men between 20 and 30 years old. It offers an assortment of fashionable apparel and accessories to address fashion needs across multiple aspects of lifestyles, including work, casual, jeanswear and going-out occasions. It is engaged in the operation of its brick-and-mortar retail and outlet stores, e-commerce operations and franchise operations. It sells its products through its e-commerce Website, www.express.com and its mobile application, and has franchise agreements with franchisees that operate Express locations in Latin America. It operated 656 stores across the United States, in Canada and in Puerto Rico, including 104 factory outlet stores, as of January 28, 2017. Its products are created by its in-house design team. Its portfolio of apparel products includes brands, such as Portofino shirt, Editor pant and 1MX shirt.

Michael Kors Holdings Limited Company Profile

Michael Kors Holdings Limited is a designer, marketer, distributor and retailer of branded women’s apparel and accessories and men’s apparel bearing the Michael Kors tradename and related trademarks MICHAEL KORS, MICHAEL MICHAEL KORS, and various other related trademarks and logos. The Company operates through three segments: retail, wholesale and licensing. The Retail operations consist of collection stores and lifestyle stores, including concessions and outlet stores, located primarily in the Americas (the United States, Canada and Latin America), Europe and Asia, as well as e-commerce. Wholesale revenues are principally derived from major department and specialty stores located throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. The Company licenses its trademarks on products, such as fragrances, beauty, eyewear, leather goods, jewelry, watches, coats, men’s suits, swimwear, furs and ties, as well as through geographic licenses.

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