Critical Survey: Ann (ANN) vs. J.Jill (JILL)

Ann (NYSE: ANN) and J.Jill (NASDAQ:JILL) are both cyclical consumer goods & services companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares Ann and J.Jill’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ann 2.27% 10.25% 5.10%
J.Jill 6.61% 35.03% 8.37%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Ann and J.Jill, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ann 0 0 1 0 3.00
J.Jill 0 5 4 0 2.44

Ann presently has a consensus price target of $50.00, indicating a potential upside of 11.38%. J.Jill has a consensus price target of $15.38, indicating a potential upside of 213.78%. Given J.Jill’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe J.Jill is more favorable than Ann.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Ann and J.Jill’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ann N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
J.Jill $673.85 million 0.32 $105.26 million N/A N/A

J.Jill has higher revenue and earnings than Ann.

Summary

J.Jill beats Ann on 6 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Ann Company Profile

ANN INC., through its wholly owned subsidiaries, is a specialty retailer of women’s apparel, shoes and accessories sold primarily under the Ann Taylor and LOFT brands. The Company operates in four segments: Ann Taylor, LOFT, Ann Taylor Factory and LOFT Outlet. The Company operates approximately 1,030 retail stores in 47 states of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Canada, comprising 245 Ann Taylor stores, 537 LOFT stores, 116 Ann Taylor Factory stores, 127 LOFT Outlet stores and five Lou & Grey stores. In addition, the Company’s clients shop online in over 100 countries across the world at www.anntaylor.com and www.LOFT.com, and at three LOFT franchise locations in Mexico. The Company’s wholly owned subsidiary, AnnTaylor Distribution Services, Inc., owns its 256,000 square foot distribution center located in Louisville, Kentucky. The distribution center is located on approximately 29 acres.

J.Jill Company Profile

J.Jill, Inc. (J.Jill) operates as a specialty retailer in the women’s apparel industry. J.Jill is a women’s apparel brand focused on customer in the 40-65 age segment. The Company operates an integrated omni-channel platform that is diversified across its retail stores, Website and catalogs. It operates in the retail and direct channels segment. Its direct channel consists of its Website and catalog orders. As of January 28, 2017, it operated 275 stores in 43 states. The Company also offers a range of footwear and accessories, including scarves, jewelry and hosiery. Its products are marketed under the J.Jill brand name and sold through its direct and retail channels. It offers two sub-brands as extensions of its brand aesthetic: Pure Jill and Wearever. Its Website provides customers with access to the J.Jill product offering and features content, including updates on new collections and guidance on how to wear and wardrobe its styles.

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