Superior Uniform Group (NASDAQ: SGC) and Oxford Industries (NYSE:OXM) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and valuation.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Superior Uniform Group and Oxford Industries’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Superior Uniform Group $256.56 million 1.27 $28.05 million $1.14 19.39
Oxford Industries $1.04 billion 1.01 $135.16 million $2.89 21.71

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Superior Uniform Group and Oxford Industries, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Superior Uniform Group 0 0 1 0 3.00
Oxford Industries 0 1 6 0 2.86

Superior Uniform Group presently has a consensus price target of $26.00, suggesting a potential upside of 17.65%. Oxford Industries has a consensus price target of $68.71, suggesting a potential upside of 9.54%. Given Superior Uniform Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Superior Uniform Group is more favorable than Oxford Industries.

Dividends

Superior Uniform Group pays an annual dividend of $0.38 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Oxford Industries pays an annual dividend of $1.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Superior Uniform Group pays out 33.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Oxford Industries pays out 37.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Oxford Industries has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years. Oxford Industries is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Profitability

This table compares Superior Uniform Group and Oxford Industries’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Superior Uniform Group 6.63% 14.74% 8.44%
Oxford Industries 4.64% 13.85% 7.59%

Volatility and Risk

Superior Uniform Group has a beta of -0.01, suggesting that its share price is 101% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Oxford Industries has a beta of 0.37, suggesting that its share price is 63% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

39.7% of Superior Uniform Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 86.6% of Oxford Industries shares are owned by institutional investors. 34.7% of Superior Uniform Group shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.3% of Oxford Industries shares are owned by company 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.

Summary

Oxford Industries beats Superior Uniform Group on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Superior Uniform Group Company Profile

Superior Uniform Group, Inc. (Superior) manufactures and sells a range of uniforms, corporate identity apparel, career apparel and accessories for the medical and health fields, as well as for the industrial, commercial, leisure and public safety markets. Superior operates through two segments: Uniforms and Related Products, and Remote Staffing Solutions. The Uniforms and Related Products segment consists of the sale of uniforms and related items. Its principal products are uniforms and service apparel, and related products for personnel of hospitals and health facilities; hotels, commercial buildings, residential buildings and food service facilities; retail stores; general and special purpose industrial uses; commercial enterprises, such as career apparel for banks and airlines; public and private safety and security organizations, and for miscellaneous service uses. The Remote Staffing Solutions segment consists of sales of staffing solutions.

Oxford Industries Company Profile

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.

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