Container Store (The) (NYSE: TCS) and Stamps.com (NASDAQ:STMP) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, profitabiliy and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Container Store (The) and Stamps.com’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Container Store (The) 1.13% 5.34% 1.49%
Stamps.com 26.66% 34.46% 21.63%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Container Store (The) and Stamps.com, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Container Store (The) 1 4 1 0 2.00
Stamps.com 0 0 5 0 3.00

Container Store (The) currently has a consensus price target of $5.56, indicating a potential upside of 22.52%. Stamps.com has a consensus price target of $198.00, indicating a potential downside of 6.91%. Given Container Store (The)’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Container Store (The) is more favorable than Stamps.com.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

78.7% of Container Store (The) shares are owned by institutional investors. 65.7% of Container Store (The) shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 11.1% of Stamps.com shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Container Store (The) and Stamps.com’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Container Store (The) $825.55 million 0.26 $66.97 million $0.19 23.90
Stamps.com $419.64 million 8.58 $171.30 million $6.17 34.47

Stamps.com has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Container Store (The). Container Store (The) is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Stamps.com, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility & Risk

Container Store (The) has a beta of 1.57, meaning that its stock price is 57% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Stamps.com has a beta of 0.01, meaning that its stock price is 99% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Stamps.com beats Container Store (The) on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Container Store (The)

The Container Store Group, Inc. is a specialty retailer of storage and organization products. The Company’s segments include The Container Store (TCS), Elfa and Corporate/Other. The Company’s TCS segment consists of its retail stores, Website and call center, as well as its installation and organizational services business. The Company’s Elfa segment includes the manufacturing business that produces the elfa brand products that are sold domestically, exclusively through the TCS segment, as well as throughout Europe. Its Swedish subsidiary, Elfa International AB (Elfa), designs and manufactures component-based shelving and drawer systems and made-to-measure sliding doors. It merchandises over 11,000 products in each of its stores and online. Its stores are organized into various lifestyle departments, which include Bath, Box, Closets, Collections, Containers, Custom Closets, Food Storage, Gift Packaging, Hooks, Kitchen, Laundry, Office, Shelving, Storage, Trash and Travel.

About Stamps.com

Stamps.com Inc. is a provider of Internet-based mailing and shipping solutions in the United States. The Company offers mailing and shipping products and services to its customers under the Stamps.com, Endicia, ShipStation, ShipWorks and ShippingEasy brands. It operates through the Internet Mailing and Shipping Services segment. Under the Stamps.com and Endicia brands, customers use its United States Postal Service (USPS) only solutions to mail and ship a range of mail pieces and packages through the USPS. USPS mailing and shipping solutions enable users to print electronic postage directly onto envelopes, plain paper, or labels using only a standard personal computer, printer and Internet connection. The Company offers USPS mailing and shipping services, multi-carrier shipping services, mailing and shipping services, branded insurance and international postage solutions. The Company offers customized postage under the PhotoStamps and PictureItPostage brand names.

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