Head-To-Head Contrast: Coastal Contacts (NASDAQ:COA) vs. Its Peers

Coastal Contacts (NASDAQ: COA) is one of 22 public companies in the “Other Specialty Retailers” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Coastal Contacts to similar businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, earnings and risk.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

62.2% 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 large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Coastal Contacts and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Coastal Contacts 0 0 0 0 N/A
Coastal Contacts Competitors 395 1027 1104 43 2.31

As a group, “Other Specialty Retailers” companies have a potential downside of 4.71%. Given Coastal Contacts’ peers higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Coastal Contacts has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Coastal Contacts N/A N/A -23.52
Coastal Contacts Competitors $2.19 billion $106.99 million 174.89

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.

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 0.66% -9.13% 6.65%

Summary

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

Coastal Contacts Company Profile

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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