Crailar Technologies (OTCMKTS:CRLRQ) and Ascena Retail Group (NASDAQ:ASNA) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation and profitability.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Crailar Technologies and Ascena Retail Group’s 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||0.10||-$39.70 million||($0.02)||-160.00|
Insider & Institutional Ownership
97.7% of Ascena Retail Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 14.0% of Crailar Technologies shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 8.8% of Ascena Retail Group shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Crailar Technologies and Ascena Retail Group, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Ascena Retail Group||1||2||0||0||1.67|
Ascena Retail Group has a consensus price target of $3.25, indicating a potential upside of 1.56%. Given Ascena Retail Group’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Ascena Retail Group is more favorable than Crailar Technologies.
This table compares Crailar Technologies and Ascena Retail Group’s 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%|
Risk & Volatility
Crailar Technologies has a beta of 1.82, meaning that its stock price is 82% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ascena Retail Group has a beta of 1.68, meaning that its stock price is 68% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Crailar Technologies beats Ascena Retail Group on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.
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.
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.
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