Five Below (FIVE) vs. Its Rivals Head to Head Comparison

Five Below (NASDAQ: FIVE) is one of 12 publicly-traded companies in the “Variety stores” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Five Below to similar companies based on the strength of its profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, risk and dividends.

Volatility & Risk

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Five Below has a beta of 0.58, meaning that its stock price is 42% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Five Below’s peers have a beta of 0.89, meaning that their average stock price is 11% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Five Below and its peers, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Five Below 0 6 9 0 2.60
Five Below Competitors 163 1263 1690 90 2.53

Five Below presently has a consensus price target of $67.50, suggesting a potential downside of 4.53%. As a group, “Variety stores” companies have a potential upside of 7.04%. Given Five Below’s peers higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Five Below has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

76.5% of shares of all “Variety stores” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.9% of Five Below shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 13.8% of shares of all “Variety stores” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Five Below and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Five Below 8.02% 26.00% 16.40%
Five Below Competitors 3.76% 15.00% 6.64%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Five Below and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Five Below $1.28 billion $102.45 million 39.50
Five Below Competitors $65.63 billion $1.74 billion 21.29

Five Below’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Five Below. Five Below is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.


Five Below peers beat Five Below on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About Five Below

Five Below, Inc. operates as a specialty value retailer in the United States. It offers accessories, including novelty socks, sunglasses, jewelry, scarves, gloves, hair accessories, athletic tops and bottoms, and T-shirts, as well as beauty products comprising nail polish, lip gloss, fragrance, and branded cosmetics; and items used to complete and personalize living space, including glitter lamps, posters, frames, fleece blankets, plush items, pillows, candles, incense, lighting, novelty décor, and related items, as well as provides storage options for the customers room. The company also provides sport balls; team sports merchandise and fitness accessories, such as hand weights, jump ropes, and gym balls; games, including name brand board games, puzzles, collectibles, and toys; and pool, beach and outdoor toys, games, and accessories. In addition, it offers accessories, such as cases, chargers, headphones, and other related items for cell phones, tablet, audio, and computers; books, video games, and DVDs; craft activity kits; arts and crafts supplies that consist of crayons, markers, and stickers; and trend-right items for school comprising backpacks, fashion notebooks and journals, novelty pens and pencils, locker accessories, and everyday name brand items. Further, the company provides party goods, decorations, gag gifts, and greeting cards, as well as every day and special occasion merchandise products; assortment of classic and novelty candy bars, movie-size box candy, seasonal-related candy, and gum and snack food; chilled drinks through coolers; and seasonally-specific items used to celebrate and decorate for events. It primarily serves teen and pre-teen customers. As of February 3, 2018, it operated 625 stores in 32 states. The company was formerly known as Cheap Holdings, Inc. and changed its name to Five Below, Inc. in August 2002. Five Below, Inc. was founded in 2002 and is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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