Head-To-Head Analysis: New York & Company (NWY) and ASOS.com (ASOMY)

New York & Company (NYSE: NWY) and ASOS.com (OTCMKTS:ASOMY) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares New York & Company and ASOS.com’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
New York & Company 0.61% 8.17% 2.09%
ASOS.com N/A N/A N/A

Risk and Volatility

New York & Company has a beta of 1.45, indicating that its share price is 45% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ASOS.com has a beta of 1.27, indicating that its share price is 27% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for New York & Company and ASOS.com, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
New York & Company 0 0 1 0 3.00
ASOS.com 0 0 2 0 3.00

New York & Company presently has a consensus price target of $5.00, indicating a potential upside of 25.31%. Given New York & Company’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe New York & Company is more favorable than ASOS.com.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares New York & Company and ASOS.com’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
New York & Company $926.87 million 0.28 $5.68 million $0.10 39.90
ASOS.com $2.44 billion 3.09 $81.14 million $0.97 92.78

ASOS.com has higher revenue and earnings than New York & Company. New York & Company is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than ASOS.com, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

33.0% of New York & Company shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.1% of ASOS.com shares are held by institutional investors. 54.3% of New York & Company shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

New York & Company beats ASOS.com on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

New York & Company Company Profile

New York & Company, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer of women's fashion apparel and accessories in the United States. It offers a merchandise assortment, including wear-to-work, casual apparel, and accessories comprising pants, dresses, jackets, knit tops, blouses, sweaters, denims, T-shirts, active wear, handbags, jewelry, and shoes under the New York & Company, NY&C, City Style, NY Style, Soho New York & Company Jeans, Lerner, and Lerner New York brand names for women between the ages of 25 and 45. The company sells its merchandise through a network of retail stores, as well as through eCommerce store at nyandcompany.com. As of January 28, 2017, it operated 466 stores in 39 states. The company was formerly known as NY & Co. Group, Inc. New York & Company, Inc. was founded in 1918 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

ASOS.com Company Profile

ASOS Plc, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an online fashion retailer in the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and the Russian Federation. The company offers womenswear, menswear, and sportswear products. It sells approximately 85,000 branded and own-labeled products primarily through its Website, asos.com, as well as through social media platforms and magazines. The company is also involved in payment processing and marketing staff employment businesses. ASOS Plc was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

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