Ascena Retail Group (ASNA) & Crailar Technologies (CRLRQ) Financial Contrast

Ascena Retail Group (NASDAQ:ASNA) and Crailar Technologies (OTCMKTS:CRLRQ) are both small-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk and institutional ownership.

Volatility & Risk

Ascena Retail Group has a beta of 1.68, meaning that its share price is 68% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Crailar Technologies has a beta of 1.82, meaning that its share price is 82% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Ascena Retail Group and Crailar Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ascena Retail Group -0.60% -0.59% -0.13%
Crailar Technologies N/A N/A N/A

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Ascena Retail Group and Crailar Technologies’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ascena Retail Group $6.58 billion 0.12 -$39.70 million ($0.02) -202.50
Crailar Technologies N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Crailar Technologies has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Ascena Retail Group.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

94.5% of Ascena Retail Group shares are held by institutional investors. 8.8% of Ascena Retail Group shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 14.0% of Crailar Technologies shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Ascena Retail Group and Crailar Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ascena Retail Group 1 3 0 0 1.75
Crailar Technologies 0 0 0 0 N/A

Ascena Retail Group presently has a consensus target price of $3.25, suggesting a potential downside of 19.75%. Given Ascena Retail Group’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Ascena Retail Group is more favorable than Crailar Technologies.

Summary

Crailar Technologies beats Ascena Retail Group on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Ascena Retail Group

Ascena Retail Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailer of apparel, shoes, and accessories for women and tween girls in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. The company operates through four segments: Premium Fashion, Value Fashion, Plus Fashion, and Kids Fashion. It offers a range of merchandise, including apparel, accessories, footwear, and intimates; and lifestyle products comprising cosmetics and bedroom accessories. The company also offers casual clothing, career wear, dressy apparel, and active wear, as well as special occasion and classic apparel. Its principal brands comprise Ann Taylor, LOFT, maurices, dressbarn, Lane Bryant, Catherines, and Justice brands. The company operates approximately 4,800 stores. It also offers its products through its Websites, including anntaylor.com, LOFT.com, louandgrey.com, maurices.com, dressbarn.com, lanebryant.com, catherines.com, and shopjustice.com. The company was formerly known as Dress Barn, Inc. and changed its name to Ascena Retail Group, Inc. in January 2011. Ascena Retail Group, Inc. was founded in 1962 and is based in Mahwah, New Jersey.

About Crailar Technologies

Crailar Technologies Inc., a development stage company, engages in the technological development and natural sustainable fibers business. It primarily produces natural and proprietary CRAiLAR Flax fibers targeted at the natural yarn and textile industries, as well as the deployment of its CRAiLAR processing technologies in the cellulose pulp and composites industries. The company develops CRAiLAR Fiber for textiles, which is flax, hemp, or other sustainable bast fiber available in various blends, textures, colors, and applications; and CRAiLAR technologies for the processing of cellulose-based fibers as a dissolving pulp for use in the additives, ethers, and performance apparel markets. It also focuses on processing CRAiLAR shive and seed products. The company was formerly known as Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. and changed its name to Crailar Technologies Inc. in October 2012. Crailar Technologies Inc. was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Victoria, Canada.

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