Kate Spade & Co (LIZ) versus Citi Trends (CTRN) Head-To-Head Review

Kate Spade & Co (NYSE: LIZ) and Citi Trends (NASDAQ:CTRN) are both cyclical consumer goods & services companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, profitability, risk and analyst recommendations.


This table compares Kate Spade & Co and Citi Trends’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Kate Spade & Co 0.44% 1.11% 0.43%
Citi Trends 1.88% 6.93% 4.69%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Kate Spade & Co and Citi Trends, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Kate Spade & Co 0 0 0 0 N/A
Citi Trends 0 0 0 0 N/A

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Kate Spade & Co and Citi Trends’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Kate Spade & Co N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Citi Trends $712.38 million 0.44 $35.16 million $0.91 24.13

Citi Trends has higher revenue and earnings than Kate Spade & Co.


Citi Trends pays an annual dividend of $0.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Kate Spade & Co does not pay a dividend. Citi Trends pays out 35.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

90.9% of Citi Trends shares are held by institutional investors. 4.6% of Citi Trends shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


Citi Trends beats Kate Spade & Co on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Kate Spade & Co Company Profile

Kate Spade & Company is engaged in the design and marketing of a range of accessories and apparel. It operates through three segments. The KATE SPADE North America segment consists of the Company’s kate spade new york and JACK SPADE brands in North America. The KATE SPADE International segment consists of the Company’s kate spade new york and JACK SPADE brands in international markets, which operates principally in Japan, Asia (excluding Japan), Europe and Latin America). The Adelington Design Group segment primarily consists of exclusive arrangements to supply jewelry for the LIZ CLAIBORNE and MONET brands. In addition, the Adelington Design Group segment serves J.C. Penney Corporation, Inc. (JCPenney) through exclusive supplier agreements for the LIZ CLAIBORNE and MONET jewelry lines. As of December 31, 2016, it operated 98 the United States Specialty Retail Stores; 35 Foreign Specialty Retail Stores; 65 the United States Outlet Stores; 17 Foreign Outlet Stores, and 54 Concessions.

Citi Trends Company Profile

Citi Trends, Inc. is a retailer of urban fashion apparel and accessories. The Company’s segment is retail operations. The Company operates approximately 520 stores in both urban and rural markets in over 30 states. The Company offers products under its brands, such as Citi Steps and Red Ape. The Company’s merchandise includes apparel, accessories and home. Within apparel, the Company offers fashion sportswear for men, women and children, including offerings for newborns, infants, toddlers, boys and girls. Accessories include handbags, jewelry, footwear, belts, intimate apparel, scrubs and sleepwear. The Company’s home merchandise includes decorative home product, functional home product, beauty, books, toys and electronic accessories. The Company sources its merchandise from approximately 1,700 vendors, consisting of domestic manufacturers and importers.

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