Analyzing Express (EXPR) & The Competition

Express (NYSE: EXPR) is one of 37 public companies in the “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Express to related companies based on the strength of its earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, risk and dividends.

Valuation and Earnings



This table compares Express and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Express $2.13 billion $148.37 million 31.70
Express Competitors $3.37 billion $449.09 million 21.99

Express’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Express. Express is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Express and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Express 0.85% 4.25% 2.24%
Express Competitors 2.27% 4.94% 5.28%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

99.4% of Express shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 75.2% of shares of all “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” companies are owned by institutional investors. 2.6% of Express shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 16.5% of shares of all “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Express has a beta of 1.47, suggesting that its stock price is 47% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Express’ competitors have a beta of 0.78, suggesting that their average stock price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Express and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Express 0 8 0 0 2.00
Express Competitors 515 2977 2904 84 2.39

Express currently has a consensus target price of $8.50, indicating a potential upside of 16.60%. As a group, “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” companies have a potential upside of 5.09%. Given Express’ higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Express is more favorable than its competitors.

Summary

Express competitors beat Express on 10 of the 13 factors compared.

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.

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