Barnes & Noble Education (BNED) and Its Rivals Head-To-Head Comparison

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

Profitability

This table compares Barnes & Noble Education and its competitors’ 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 18.52% -15.79% 3.88%

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

Volatility & Risk

Barnes & Noble Education has a beta of 1.13, indicating that its stock price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Barnes & Noble Education’s competitors have a beta of 1.24, indicating that their average stock price is 24% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Barnes & Noble Education and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Barnes & Noble Education 0 0 2 0 3.00
Barnes & Noble Education Competitors 338 943 1062 38 2.34

Barnes & Noble Education presently has a consensus target price of $12.00, suggesting a potential upside of 85.76%. As a group, “Other Specialty Retailers” companies have a potential downside of 7.73%. Given Barnes & Noble Education’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Barnes & Noble Education is more favorable than its competitors.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Barnes & Noble Education and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Barnes & Noble Education $1.99 billion $82.02 million -161.46
Barnes & Noble Education Competitors $3.37 billion $363.69 million 4.69

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

Summary

Barnes & Noble Education competitors 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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