As Textile – Apparel Footwear & Accessories companies, Vera Bradley Inc. (NASDAQ:VRA) and Forward Industries Inc. (NASDAQ:FORD) are our subject to compare. And more specifically their profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends, earnings and valuation.
Valuation and Earnings
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Vera Bradley Inc.||416.10M||1.09||20.76M||0.64||15.33|
|Forward Industries Inc.||38.35M||0.39||N/A||0.15||11.30|
Table 1 demonstrates Vera Bradley Inc. and Forward Industries Inc.’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation. Forward Industries Inc. seems to has lower revenue and earnings compared to Vera Bradley Inc. When business has higher price-to-earnings means it is more expensive than its counterpart presently. Vera Bradley Inc. is thus presently the expensive of the two stocks because it has a higher price-to-earnings ratio.
Table 2 shows the return on assets, return on equity and net margins of the two firms.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Vera Bradley Inc.||4.99%||7.2%||5.9%|
|Forward Industries Inc.||0.00%||0%||0%|
Volatility and Risk
Vera Bradley Inc.’s 0.7 beta indicates that its volatility is 30.00% less volatile than that of Standard and Poor’s 500. Competitively, Forward Industries Inc. is 79.00% less volatile than Standard and Poor’s 500, because of the 0.21 beta.
The Current Ratio and a Quick Ratio of Vera Bradley Inc. are 6.2 and 3.8. Competitively, Forward Industries Inc. has 1.9 and 1.7 for Current and Quick Ratio. Vera Bradley Inc.’s better ability to pay short and long-term obligations than Forward Industries Inc.
The next table highlights the given recommendations and ratings for Vera Bradley Inc. and Forward Industries Inc.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Vera Bradley Inc.||0||1||0||2.00|
|Forward Industries Inc.||0||0||0||0.00|
Vera Bradley Inc. has a consensus price target of $14, and a 7.03% upside potential.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
Institutional investors held 73.6% of Vera Bradley Inc. shares and 14.5% of Forward Industries Inc. shares. Insiders held 9.9% of Vera Bradley Inc. shares. Competitively, Forward Industries Inc. has 11.8% of it’s share held by insiders.
Here are the Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly, Half Yearly, Yearly and YTD Performance of both pretenders.
|Performance (W)||Performance (M)||Performance (Q)||Performance (HY)||Performance (Y)||Performance (YTD)|
|Vera Bradley Inc.||1.25%||8.94%||-9.81%||-32.94%||-3.27%||13.77%|
|Forward Industries Inc.||-1.79%||13.01%||18.71%||12.24%||5.77%||26.92%|
For the past year Vera Bradley Inc.’s stock price has smaller growth than Forward Industries Inc.
Vera Bradley Inc. beats on 13 of the 13 factors Forward Industries Inc.
Vera Bradley, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and sells womenÂ’s handbags, luggage and travel items, fashion and home accessories, and gifts. The company offers totes, crossbodies, satchels, clutches, backpacks, baby, and lunch bags; accessories, inclduing wallets, wristlets, eyeglass cases, jewelry, scarves, and various technology accessories; and travel products, such as rolling luggage, cosmetics, and travel and packing accessories, as well as travel bags comprising duffel and weekend bags. It also provides home products consisting of mugs and tumblers, as well as textiles products, such as throw blankets, beach towels, comforters, and wellness and beauty products; offers apparel/footwear, stationery, merchandising, and gift card products; and licenses its products. The company sells its products through two segments, Direct and Indirect. The Direct segment sells Vera Bradley branded products through the companyÂ’s factory outlet stores in the United States, verabradley.com, and direct-to-consumer eBay sales, as well as through its annual outlet sale in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The Indirect segment offers Vera Bradley branded products to approximately 2,600 specialty retail locations located in the United States, as well as department stores, national accounts, third party e-commerce sites and inventory liquidators, and its wholesale customer in Japan. As of January 28, 2017, the company operated 113 full-line stores and 46 factory outlet stores. Vera Bradley, Inc. was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Roanoke, Indiana.
Forward Industries, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, markets, and distributes carry and protective solutions primarily for hand held electronic devices. The company offers hand held electronic devices that include soft-sided carrying cases, bags, clips, hand straps, protective plates, and other accessories made of leather, nylon, vinyl, plastic, PVC, and other synthetic materials. It provides carrying cases and other accessories for medical monitoring and diagnostic kits; and other portable electronic and non-electronic products, such as sporting and recreational products, bar code scanners, smartphones, GPS location devices, tablets, firearms, and other products. The company sells its products to original equipment manufacturers in the Americas, the Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Forward Industries, Inc. was founded in 1954 and is headquartered in West Palm Beach, Florida.