Ann (ANN) and Chico’s FAS (CHS) Head-To-Head Comparison

Chico’s FAS (NYSE: CHS) and Ann (NYSE:ANN) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, risk, profitabiliy and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Chico’s FAS and Ann’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Chico’s FAS 3.86% 17.36% 9.57%
Ann 2.27% 10.25% 5.10%

Dividends

Chico’s FAS pays an annual dividend of $0.33 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.7%. Ann does not pay a dividend. Chico’s FAS pays out 46.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Ann has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Chico’s FAS and Ann, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Chico’s FAS 0 9 5 0 2.36
Ann 0 0 0 0 N/A

Chico’s FAS presently has a consensus price target of $13.58, suggesting a potential upside of 52.28%. Given Chico’s FAS’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Chico’s FAS is more favorable than Ann.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Chico’s FAS and Ann’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Chico’s FAS $2.42 billion 0.46 $281.35 million $0.71 12.56
Ann N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Chico’s FAS has higher revenue and earnings than Ann.

Summary

Chico’s FAS beats Ann on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Chico’s FAS Company Profile

Chico’s FAS, Inc. is an omni-channel specialty retailer of women’s private branded, casual-to-dressy clothing, intimates and accessories, operating under the Chico’s, White House Black Market (WHBM) and Soma brand names. The Company is also engaged in the sale of merchandise in its domestic and international retail stores. The Chico’s brand sells private branded clothing focusing on women 45 and older. Chico’s apparel includes the Black Label, Zenergy and Travelers collections. The WHBM brand sells private branded clothing focusing on women 35 and older. WHBM sells clothing and accessory items, including everyday basics, wear-to-work, denim and occasion. It offers black and white color palette. The accessories at WHBM include shoes, belts, scarves, handbags and jewelry. The Soma brand sells private branded lingerie, sleepwear, loungewear, activewear and beauty products focusing on women 35 and older. The lingerie category includes bras, panties, shapewear and swimwear.

Ann Company Profile

ANN INC., through its wholly owned subsidiaries, is a specialty retailer of women’s apparel, shoes and accessories sold primarily under the Ann Taylor and LOFT brands. The Company operates in four segments: Ann Taylor, LOFT, Ann Taylor Factory and LOFT Outlet. The Company operates approximately 1,030 retail stores in 47 states of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Canada, comprising 245 Ann Taylor stores, 537 LOFT stores, 116 Ann Taylor Factory stores, 127 LOFT Outlet stores and five Lou & Grey stores. In addition, the Company’s clients shop online in over 100 countries across the world at www.anntaylor.com and www.LOFT.com, and at three LOFT franchise locations in Mexico. The Company’s wholly owned subsidiary, AnnTaylor Distribution Services, Inc., owns its 256,000 square foot distribution center located in Louisville, Kentucky. The distribution center is located on approximately 29 acres.

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