Critical Contrast: Express (EXPR) versus Almost Never Films (HLWD)

Express (NYSE:EXPR) and Almost Never Films (OTCMKTS:HLWD) are both small-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, risk, institutional ownership and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Express and Almost Never Films, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Express 0 4 0 0 2.00
Almost Never Films 0 0 0 0 N/A

Express currently has a consensus target price of $9.25, suggesting a potential downside of 0.54%. Given Express’ higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Express is more favorable than Almost Never Films.

Risk and Volatility

Express has a beta of 1.09, suggesting that its stock price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Almost Never Films has a beta of -0.82, suggesting that its stock price is 182% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Express and Almost Never Films’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Express $2.14 billion 0.32 $19.36 million $0.36 25.83
Almost Never Films $10,000.00 578.00 -$340,000.00 N/A N/A

Express has higher revenue and earnings than Almost Never Films.


This table compares Express and Almost Never Films’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Express 1.78% 5.64% 3.05%
Almost Never Films N/A -150.11% -21.41%


Express beats Almost Never Films on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Express

Express, Inc. operates as a specialty apparel and accessories retailer. It offers apparel and accessories for women and men between 20 and 30 years across various aspects of lifestyles, including work, casual, jeanswear, and going-out occasions. The company sells its products through its e-commerce Website,; mobile app; and franchisees Express locations in Latin America. As of February 3, 2018, it operated 490 primarily mall-based retail stores in the United States and Puerto Rico, as well as 145 factory outlet stores. The company was formerly known as Express Parent LLC and changed its name to Express, Inc. in May 2010. Express, Inc. was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.

About Almost Never Films

Almost Never Films Inc. operates as a film company in the United States. It focuses on film production activities; and the provision of production related services. The company is based in West Hollywood, California.

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