Oxford Industries (NYSE: OXM) and Perry Ellis International (NASDAQ:PERY) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, profitabiliy, earnings, analyst recommendations and risk.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Oxford Industries and Perry Ellis International, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Oxford Industries 0 1 6 0 2.86
Perry Ellis International 0 1 4 0 2.80

Oxford Industries presently has a consensus target price of $69.57, indicating a potential upside of 11.37%. Perry Ellis International has a consensus target price of $28.25, indicating a potential upside of 42.39%. Given Perry Ellis International’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Perry Ellis International is more favorable than Oxford Industries.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

89.2% of Oxford Industries shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 72.5% of Perry Ellis International shares are held by institutional investors. 3.3% of Oxford Industries shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 20.2% of Perry Ellis International shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Oxford Industries has a beta of 0.4, meaning that its stock price is 60% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Perry Ellis International has a beta of 0.69, meaning that its stock price is 31% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Oxford Industries and Perry Ellis International’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Oxford Industries $1.04 billion 1.01 $135.16 million $2.97 21.03
Perry Ellis International $841.88 million 0.35 $33.61 million $0.84 23.62

Oxford Industries has higher revenue and earnings than Perry Ellis International. Oxford Industries is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Perry Ellis International, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Oxford Industries and Perry Ellis International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Oxford Industries 4.76% 14.00% 7.68%
Perry Ellis International 1.55% 9.18% 4.94%

Dividends

Oxford Industries pays an annual dividend of $1.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Perry Ellis International does not pay a dividend. Oxford Industries pays out 36.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Oxford Industries has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Summary

Oxford Industries beats Perry Ellis International on 12 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Oxford Industries

Oxford Industries, Inc. is an apparel company. The Company designs, sources, markets and distributes products bearing the trademarks of its owned Tommy Bahama, Lilly Pulitzer and Southern Tide lifestyle brands, other owned brands and licensed brands, as well as private label apparel products. It distributes its lifestyle branded products through its direct to consumer channels, consisting of its Tommy Bahama and Lilly Pulitzer full-price retail stores and its e-commerce sites for Tommy Bahama, Lilly Pulitzer and Southern Tide, and through its wholesale distribution channels. As of January 28, 2017, the Company operated 128 Tommy Bahama and 40 Lilly Pulitzer full-price retail stores. Tommy Bahama designs, sources, markets and distributes men’s and women’s sportswear and related products. Tommy Bahama products are available in the Tommy Bahama stores and on its Website, tommybahama.com, as well as in department stores and independent specialty stores throughout the United States.

About Perry Ellis International

Perry Ellis International, Inc. is an apparel company. The Company designs, sources, markets and licenses its products nationally and internationally at multiple price points and across all levels of retail distribution. It operates through four segments: Men’s Sportswear and Swim, Women’s Sportswear, Direct-to-Consumer and Licensing. Its Men’s Sportswear and Swim, and Women’s Sportswear segments are engaged in design, import and distribution of apparel to department stores and other retail outlets, primarily across the United States. Its Direct-to-Consumer segment is engaged in the sale of its branded and licensed products through its retail stores and e-commerce platform. Its Licensing segment includes royalties associated from the use of its brand names. Its brands include Perry Ellis and Original Penguin by Munsingwear (Original Penguin), Ben Hogan, Cubavera, Farah, Grand Slam, Jantzen, Laundry by Shelli Segal, Rafaella and Savane.

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