Saks (NYSE: SKS) and Tilly's (NYSE:TLYS) are both cyclical consumer goods & services companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, valuation and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Saks and Tilly's, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Saks 0 0 0 0 N/A
Tilly's 0 1 2 0 2.67

Tilly's has a consensus price target of $14.67, indicating a potential upside of 23.98%.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

46.9% of Tilly's shares are owned by institutional investors. 50.1% of Tilly's shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares Saks and Tilly's’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Saks N/A N/A N/A
Tilly's 2.50% 10.19% 6.28%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Saks and Tilly's’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Saks N/A N/A N/A $0.27 N/A
Tilly's $568.95 million 0.60 $11.41 million $0.50 23.66

Tilly's has higher revenue and earnings than Saks. Saks is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Tilly's, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


Tilly's beats Saks on 8 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Saks

Saks Incorporated is a department store retailer. The Company, and its subsidiaries, is engaged in the operation of Saks Fifth Avenue (SFA) stores and SFA e-commerce operations (Saks Direct), as well as Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH (OFF 5TH). The Company is an omni-channel luxury retailer offering an assortment of fashion apparel, shoes, accessories, jewelry, cosmetics, and gifts. SFA stores are principally free-standing stores in exclusive shopping destinations or anchor stores in upscale regional malls. Customers may also purchase SFA products online at or by catalog. OFF 5TH stores are primarily located in upscale mixed-use and off-price centers and offer luxury apparel, shoes, and accessories. As of January 28, 2012, the Company operated 46 SFA stores with a total of approximately 5.5 million square feet and 60 OFF 5TH stores with a total of approximately 1.7 million square feet. In November 2013, Hudson’s Bay Company acquired Saks Incorporated.

About Tilly's

Tilly’s, Inc. is a destination specialty retailer of casual apparel, footwear and accessories for young men, young women, boys and girls. The Company offers an unparalleled selection of relevant brands, styles, colors, sizes and price points. The Company’s apparel merchandise includes branded, fashion and styles for tops, outerwear, bottoms and dresses. Its accessories merchandise includes backpacks, hats, sunglasses, headphones, handbags, watches, jewelry and others. The Company offers its products through stores and Website. The Company operates over 220 stores in approximately 30 states. The Company’s stores are located in malls, lifestyle centers, power centers, community centers, outlet centers and street-front locations. The Company also operates an e-commerce platform for desktop and mobile. The Company’s third-party brands include AYC, Adidas, Billabong, Converse, Hurley, Nixon, JanSport, LRG and Stance, among others.

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