Lakeland Industries (LAKE) versus lululemon athletica inc. (LULU) Head-To-Head Review

Lakeland Industries (NASDAQ: LAKE) and lululemon athletica inc. (NASDAQ:LULU) are both industrial products companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, risk, valuation, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

42.6% of Lakeland Industries shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 80.3% of lululemon athletica inc. shares are owned by institutional investors. 8.6% of Lakeland Industries shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.3% of lululemon athletica inc. shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

Lakeland Industries has a beta of -0.03, meaning that its share price is 103% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, lululemon athletica inc. has a beta of 0.15, meaning that its share price is 85% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Lakeland Industries and lululemon athletica inc., as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Lakeland Industries 0 0 1 0 3.00
lululemon athletica inc. 3 16 19 0 2.42

Lakeland Industries currently has a consensus target price of $18.00, suggesting a potential upside of 23.71%. lululemon athletica inc. has a consensus target price of $65.72, suggesting a potential upside of 1.32%. Given Lakeland Industries’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Lakeland Industries is more favorable than lululemon athletica inc..

Profitability

This table compares Lakeland Industries and lululemon athletica inc.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Lakeland Industries 6.65% 8.27% 7.02%
lululemon athletica inc. 11.68% 22.51% 18.58%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Lakeland Industries and lululemon athletica inc.’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Lakeland Industries $86.18 million 1.36 $3.89 million $0.82 17.74
lululemon athletica inc. $2.34 billion 3.75 $303.38 million $2.08 31.19

lululemon athletica inc. has higher revenue and earnings than Lakeland Industries. Lakeland Industries is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than lululemon athletica inc., indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

lululemon athletica inc. beats Lakeland Industries on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Lakeland Industries Company Profile

Lakeland Industries, Inc. (Lakeland) manufactures and sells a line of safety garments and accessories for the industrial and public protective clothing market. The Company’s product categories include limited use/disposable protective clothing; high-end chemical protective suits; firefighting, flame resistant personal protective equipment (FR PPE) and heat protective apparel; reusable woven garments; high visibility clothing, and glove and sleeves. The Company’s products are sold by its in-house customer service group, its regional sales managers and independent sales representatives to a network of over 1,200 North American safety and mill supply distributors. These distributors in turn supply end user industrial customers, such as integrated oil, chemical/petrochemical, utilities, automobile, steel, glass, construction, smelting, munition plants, janitorial, pharmaceutical, mortuaries and high technology electronics manufacturers, as well as scientific and medical laboratories.

lululemon athletica inc. Company Profile

lululemon athletica inc. is a designer, distributor and retailer of athletic apparel. The Company operates through two segments: Company-operated stores and Direct to consumer. It is also engaged in the sale from outlets, showrooms, sales from temporary locations, sales to wholesale accounts, warehouse sales, and license and supply arrangements. Its direct to consumer segment generates revenue from its lululemon and ivivva e-commerce Websites, www.lululemon.com and www.ivivva.com, and other country and region specific Websites. It offers a range of apparel and accessories for women, men and female youth. The Company’s apparel assortment includes items, such as pants, shorts, tops, and jackets designed for healthy lifestyle and athletic activities, such as yoga, running, training, most other sweaty pursuits, and athletic wear for female youth. The Company also offers fitness-related accessories, including an array of items, such as bags, socks, underwear, yoga mats and water bottles.

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