Contrasting Coastal Contacts (COA) & The Competition

Coastal Contacts (NASDAQ: COA) is one of 23 publicly-traded companies in the “Other Specialty Retailers” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Coastal Contacts to related businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, risk, dividends and earnings.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

61.8% of shares of all “Other Specialty Retailers” companies are owned by institutional investors. 23.5% of shares of all “Other Specialty Retailers” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Coastal Contacts and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Coastal Contacts 0 0 0 0 N/A
Coastal Contacts Competitors 396 1031 1114 43 2.31

As a group, “Other Specialty Retailers” companies have a potential downside of 9.96%. Given Coastal Contacts’ peers higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Coastal Contacts has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Profitability

This table compares Coastal Contacts and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Coastal Contacts N/A N/A N/A
Coastal Contacts Competitors 0.30% -9.64% 6.01%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Coastal Contacts and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Coastal Contacts N/A N/A -23.52
Coastal Contacts Competitors $2.19 billion $108.20 million 178.81

Coastal Contacts’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than Coastal Contacts. Coastal Contacts is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Coastal Contacts peers beat Coastal Contacts on 7 of the 8 factors compared.

About Coastal Contacts

Coastal Contacts Inc. is an online retailer of eyewear serving markets in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. The Company operates in two primary product segments: contact lenses and glasses. The Company has approximately nine stores in Canada and Sweden. It sells contact lenses manufactured by multinational companies, such as Vistakon (a division of Johnson and Johnson Vision Care Inc.), Alcon, Inc., Bausch & Lomb Inc. and Coopervision Inc. Its products are offered for sale by telephone, e9 mail, through its Websites, which include www.ClearlyContacts.ca, www.ClearlyContacts.com.au, www.ClearlyContacts.co.nz, www.LensWay.se, www.LensWay.fi, www.LensWay.nl, www.LensWay.no, www.LensWay.co.uk, and www.ContactSan.com or at one of its nine physical retail locations. In April 2014, the Company announced that Essilor International (Compagnie Generale d’Optique), S.A. (Essilor) has indirectly acquired the interest of Coastal.com.

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