Buckle, Inc. (The) (BKE) and Its Competitors Critical Analysis

Buckle, Inc. (The) (NYSE: BKE) is one of 32 publicly-traded companies in the “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Buckle, Inc. (The) to related companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Buckle, Inc. (The) and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Buckle, Inc. (The) 1 0 0 0 1.00
Buckle, Inc. (The) Competitors 464 2868 2741 84 2.40

Buckle, Inc. (The) presently has a consensus target price of $13.00, indicating a potential downside of 31.58%. As a group, “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” companies have a potential upside of 7.15%. Given Buckle, Inc. (The)’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Buckle, Inc. (The) has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Profitability

This table compares Buckle, Inc. (The) and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Buckle, Inc. (The) 9.40% 19.96% 15.04%
Buckle, Inc. (The) Competitors 2.10% 5.85% 6.26%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

61.6% of Buckle, Inc. (The) shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 75.8% of shares of all “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” companies are owned by institutional investors. 41.7% of Buckle, Inc. (The) shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 16.4% of shares of all “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” companies are owned 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.

Dividends

Buckle, Inc. (The) pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.3%. Buckle, Inc. (The) pays out 55.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” companies pay a dividend yield of 3.0% and pay out 54.8% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Buckle, Inc. (The) has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Buckle, Inc. (The) and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Buckle, Inc. (The) $974.87 million $97.96 million 10.56
Buckle, Inc. (The) Competitors $3.99 billion $181.38 million 431.71

Buckle, Inc. (The)’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Buckle, Inc. (The). Buckle, Inc. (The) is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Risk and Volatility

Buckle, Inc. (The) has a beta of 0.94, meaning that its share price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Buckle, Inc. (The)’s rivals have a beta of 0.85, meaning that their average share price is 15% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Buckle, Inc. (The) rivals beat Buckle, Inc. (The) on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

About Buckle, Inc. (The)

The Buckle, Inc. is a retailer of casual apparel, footwear and accessories for young men and women. As of January 28, 2017, the Company operated 467 retail stores in 44 states throughout the United States under the names Buckle and The Buckle. The Company markets a selection of brand name casual apparel, including denims, other casual bottoms, tops, sportswear, outerwear, accessories and footwear. The Company provides customer services, such as free hemming, free gift-wrapping, easy layaways, the Buckle private label credit card, and a guest loyalty program. The Company offers denims from brands, such as Miss Me, Rock Revival, Big Star Vintage, Buffalo Jeans, KanCan, Flying Monkey and Levi’s. Its other brands include Hurley, Billabong, Affliction, American Fighter, Fast & Furious, Oakley, Fox, Puma, Obey, RVCA, Salvage, 7 Diamonds, Nixon, Amuse Society, Free People, White Crow, Corral, Reef, Kustom, Timberland, UGG, TOMS, SAXX, Stance, Lokai, Ray-Ban, and Fossil.

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