Barnes & Noble Education (NYSE: BNED) is one of 21 publicly-traded companies in the “Other Specialty Retailers” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Barnes & Noble Education to similar businesses based on the strength of its earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares Barnes & Noble Education and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Barnes & Noble Education -0.08% -0.12% -0.06%
Barnes & Noble Education Competitors 22.63% -19.11% 6.46%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Barnes & Noble Education and its rivals revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Barnes & Noble Education $1.99 billion $82.02 million -166.96
Barnes & Noble Education Competitors $3.37 billion $363.72 million 4.60

Barnes & Noble Education’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Barnes & Noble Education. Barnes & Noble Education 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.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

69.0% of Barnes & Noble Education shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.9% of shares of all “Other Specialty Retailers” companies are held by institutional investors. 3.5% of Barnes & Noble Education shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 22.7% of shares of all “Other Specialty Retailers” companies are held 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.

Risk & Volatility

Barnes & Noble Education has a beta of 1.11, suggesting that its stock price is 11% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Barnes & Noble Education’s rivals have a beta of 1.24, suggesting that their average stock price is 24% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Barnes & Noble Education and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Barnes & Noble Education 0 0 2 0 3.00
Barnes & Noble Education Competitors 331 927 1055 38 2.34

Barnes & Noble Education currently has a consensus target price of $12.00, suggesting a potential upside of 79.64%. As a group, “Other Specialty Retailers” companies have a potential downside of 12.19%. Given Barnes & Noble Education’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Barnes & Noble Education is more favorable than its rivals.

Summary

Barnes & Noble Education rivals beat Barnes & Noble Education on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

About Barnes & Noble Education

Barnes & Noble Education, Inc. is a contract operator of bookstores on college and university campuses across the United States and a provider of digital education services. The Company offers a support system, and a retail and digital learning experience for students. Through its subsidiary, Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLC, the Company operates approximately 750 campus bookstores and the school-branded e-commerce sites for each store, serving over five million college students and their faculty. The Company offers a set of products and services to help students, faculty and administrators achieve their shared educational and social goals. Its suite of product offerings includes Textbook and Course Material Sales, Textbook and Course Material Rentals, General Merchandise, Trade, Digital Education and Brand Partnerships. The Company also offers other merchandise, such as laptops and other technology products, notebooks, backpacks, school and dormitory supplies and related items.

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