The Children’s Place (NASDAQ:PLCE) and Stage Stores (OTCMKTS:SSINQ) Critical Review

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The Children’s Place (NASDAQ:PLCE) and Stage Stores (OTCMKTS:SSINQ) are both small-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability and risk.

Volatility & Risk

The Children’s Place has a beta of 1.61, indicating that its share price is 61% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Stage Stores has a beta of 2.28, indicating that its share price is 128% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares The Children’s Place and Stage Stores’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
The Children’s Place $1.87 billion 0.31 $73.30 million $5.36 7.53
Stage Stores $1.58 billion 0.00 -$87.71 million N/A N/A

The Children’s Place has higher revenue and earnings than Stage Stores.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for The Children’s Place and Stage Stores, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
The Children’s Place 1 6 4 0 2.27
Stage Stores 0 0 0 0 N/A

The Children’s Place presently has a consensus price target of $35.36, indicating a potential downside of 12.38%.

Profitability

This table compares The Children’s Place and Stage Stores’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
The Children’s Place -5.67% 15.09% 2.05%
Stage Stores N/A N/A N/A

Institutional & Insider Ownership

1.2% of Stage Stores shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.7% of The Children’s Place shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 11.6% of Stage Stores shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

About The Children’s Place

The Children's Place, Inc. operates as a children's specialty apparel retailer. The company operates through two segments, The Children's Place U.S. and The Children's Place International. It sells apparel, footwear, accessories, and other items for children; and designs, contracts to manufacture, and sells merchandise under the proprietary The Children's Place, Place, Baby Place, Gymboree brand names. As of February 1, 2020, the company operated 795 stores in the United States, 121 stores in Canada, and 8 stores in Puerto Rico; and 266 international points of distribution operated by its eight international partners in 19 countries. It also sells its products through childrensplace.com, an online store. The company was formerly known as The Children's Place Retail Stores, Inc. and changed its name to The Children's Place, Inc. in June 2014. The Children's Place, Inc. was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Secaucus, New Jersey.

About Stage Stores

Stage Stores, Inc. operates specialty department stores primarily in small towns and rural communities in the United States. The company sells moderately priced and brand name apparel, accessories, cosmetics, footwear, and home goods through its department stores, off-price stores, and e-commerce Website, as well as through private label credit card and loyalty programs. As of September 17, 2019, it operated 625 BEALLS, GOODY'S, PALAIS ROYAL, PEEBLES, and STAGE specialty department stores; and 158 GORDMANS off-price stores. The company was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas. On May 10, 2020, Stage Stores, Inc., along with its affiliate, filed a voluntary petition for reorganization under Chapter 11 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas. The plan was later approved as Chapter 11 liquidation on August 14, 2020.

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