Reviewing Xcel Brands (NASDAQ:XELB) and Its Peers

Xcel Brands (NASDAQ: XELB) is one of 37 publicly-traded companies in the “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Xcel Brands to similar businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends and risk.

Volatility & Risk

Xcel Brands has a beta of 0.68, meaning that its share price is 32% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Xcel Brands’ competitors have a beta of 0.78, meaning that their average share price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

17.3% of Xcel Brands shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 75.2% of shares of all “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” companies are owned by institutional investors. 59.9% of Xcel Brands 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 large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Xcel Brands and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Xcel Brands 0 0 1 0 3.00
Xcel Brands Competitors 515 2977 2904 84 2.39

Xcel Brands presently has a consensus target price of $4.50, suggesting a potential upside of 28.57%. As a group, “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” companies have a potential upside of 5.09%. Given Xcel Brands’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Xcel Brands is more favorable than its competitors.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Xcel Brands 8.38% 0.99% 0.70%
Xcel Brands Competitors 2.31% 4.96% 5.40%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Xcel Brands and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Xcel Brands $32.08 million $4.00 million 25.00
Xcel Brands Competitors $3.37 billion $449.09 million 21.99

Xcel Brands’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Xcel Brands. Xcel Brands 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.

Summary

Xcel Brands competitors beat Xcel Brands on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About Xcel Brands

Xcel Brands, Inc. is a brand development and media company. The Company is engaged in the design, production, licensing, marketing, and direct to consumer sales of branded apparel, footwear, accessories, jewelry, home goods, and other consumer products, and the acquisition of consumer lifestyle brands. The Company’s brand portfolio consists of the Isaac Mizrahi, Judith Ripka, H Halston, C Wonder and Highline Collective brands. The Company also manages and designs the Liz Claiborne New York brand (LCNY Brand). Isaac Mizrahi has over 150 different product categories, including sportswear, footwear, handbags, watches, eyewear, fragrance, tech accessories, intimates, bridal gowns and accessories, pet products, home and other merchandise. The Company’s Judith Ripka is a luxury jewelry brand. Wonder brand offers women’s clothing, footwear, jewelry and accessories; housewares, and home decor and gifts. The Liz Claiborne New York includes women’s apparel, footwear, outerwear and accessories.

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