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Head to Head Review: Christopher & Banks Co. (NYSE:CBK) vs. Chico’s FAS (CHS)

Chico’s FAS (NYSE: CHS) and Christopher & Banks Co. (NYSE:CBK) are both small-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, profitabiliy and analyst recommendations. Volatility and Risk

Chico’s FAS has a beta of 0.66, suggesting that its share price is 34% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Comparatively, Christopher & Banks Co. has a beta of 3.6, suggesting that its share price is 260% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

95.6% of Chico’s FAS shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 41.6% of Christopher & Banks Co. shares are owned by institutional investors.

1.8% of Chico’s FAS shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 18.6% of Christopher & Banks Co. shares are owned by insiders.

Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth. Profitability This table compares Chico’s FAS and Christopher & Banks Co.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Chico’s FAS 3.86% 17.36% 9.57%
Christopher & Banks Co. -4.16% -21.26% -10.99%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Chico’s FAS and Christopher & Banks Co.’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Chico’s FAS £2.42 billion 0.47 £281.35 million £0.71 12.83
Christopher & Banks Co. £370.13 million 0.15 -£5.82 million (£0.58) -2.50

Chico’s FAS has higher revenue and earnings than Christopher & Banks Co.. Christopher & Banks Co. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Chico’s FAS, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks. Dividends

Chico’s FAS pays an annual dividend of £0.33 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.6%. Christopher & Banks Co. does not pay a dividend. Chico’s FAS pays out 46.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Christopher & Banks Co. has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years. Analyst Recommendations This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Chico’s FAS and Christopher & Banks Co., as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Chico’s FAS 0 9 5 0 2.36
Christopher & Banks Co. 0 0 0 0 N/A

Chico’s FAS presently has a consensus price target of £13.58, indicating a potential upside of 49.10%.

Given Chico’s FAS’s higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Chico’s FAS is more favorable than Christopher & Banks Co.. Summary Chico’s FAS beats Christopher & Banks Co. on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Chico’s FAS Chico's FAS logoChico’s FAS, Inc. is an omni-channel specialty retailer of women’s private branded, casual-to-dressy clothing, intimates and accessories, operating under the Chico’s, White House Black Market (WHBM) and Soma brand names. The Company is also engaged in the sale of merchandise in its domestic and international retail stores.

The Chico’s brand sells private branded clothing focusing on women 45 and older. Chico’s apparel includes the Black Label, Zenergy and Travelers collections. The WHBM brand sells private branded clothing focusing on women 35 and older.

WHBM sells clothing and accessory items, including everyday basics, wear-to-work, denim and occasion. It offers black and white color palette. The accessories at WHBM include shoes, belts, scarves, handbags and jewelry.

The Soma brand sells private branded lingerie, sleepwear, loungewear, activewear and beauty products focusing on women 35 and older. The lingerie category includes bras, panties, shapewear and swimwear. About Christopher & Banks Co.

Christopher & Banks Co. logoChristopher & Banks Corporation is a national specialty retailer featuring private-brand women’s apparel and accessories. The Company offers its customers an assortment of clothing for everyday needs. Its merchandise assortments include designs of women’s apparel, generally consisting of casual clothing, everyday basics, wear-to-work, leisure/active wear, and sleepwear in missy, petite and women sizes.

The Company also offers a selection of jewelry and accessories, including footwear. The Company operates in the Retail Operations segment, which includes the operation of its retail stores, outlet stores, online and mobile. The Retail Operations segment includes activities generated by the Company’s retail store locations (Missy Petite Women (MPW), Outlet stores, Christopher & Banks (CB), and C.J.

Banks (CJ)), as well as the e-commerce business.

Its merchandise is developed for women of all sizes, age 40 and older.

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