ANN (ANN) versus J.Jill (JILL) Critical Contrast

ANN (NYSE: ANN) and J.Jill (NYSE:JILL) are both women’s apparel retailers companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings and risk.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for ANN and J.Jill, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ANN 0 0 1 0 3.00
J.Jill 0 5 4 0 2.44

ANN currently has a consensus price target of $50.00, indicating a potential upside of 11.31%. J.Jill has a consensus price target of $15.38, indicating a potential upside of 118.09%. Given J.Jill’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe J.Jill is more favorable than ANN.


This table compares ANN and J.Jill’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ANN 2.27% 10.25% 5.10%
J.Jill 4.15% 24.48% 5.64%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

31.3% of J.Jill shares are owned by institutional investors. 8.7% of J.Jill shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares ANN and J.Jill’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ANN N/A N/A N/A $1.66 27.06
J.Jill $639.06 million 0.48 $24.07 million $0.65 10.85

J.Jill has higher revenue and earnings than ANN. J.Jill is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than ANN, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


J.Jill beats ANN on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

ANN Company Profile

ANN INC., through its wholly owned subsidiaries, is a specialty retailer of women’s apparel, shoes and accessories sold primarily under the Ann Taylor and LOFT brands. The Company operates in four segments: Ann Taylor, LOFT, Ann Taylor Factory and LOFT Outlet. The Company operates approximately 1,030 retail stores in 47 states of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Canada, comprising 245 Ann Taylor stores, 537 LOFT stores, 116 Ann Taylor Factory stores, 127 LOFT Outlet stores and five Lou & Grey stores. In addition, the Company’s clients shop online in over 100 countries across the world at and, and at three LOFT franchise locations in Mexico. The Company’s wholly owned subsidiary, AnnTaylor Distribution Services, Inc., owns its 256,000 square foot distribution center located in Louisville, Kentucky. The distribution center is located on approximately 29 acres.

J.Jill Company Profile

J.Jill, Inc. (J.Jill) operates as a specialty retailer in the women’s apparel industry. J.Jill is a women’s apparel brand focused on customer in the 40-65 age segment. The Company operates an integrated omni-channel platform that is diversified across its retail stores, Website and catalogs. It operates in the retail and direct channels segment. Its direct channel consists of its Website and catalog orders. As of January 28, 2017, it operated 275 stores in 43 states. The Company also offers a range of footwear and accessories, including scarves, jewelry and hosiery. Its products are marketed under the J.Jill brand name and sold through its direct and retail channels. It offers two sub-brands as extensions of its brand aesthetic: Pure Jill and Wearever. Its Website provides customers with access to the J.Jill product offering and features content, including updates on new collections and guidance on how to wear and wardrobe its styles.

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