Gildan Activewear (GIL) versus The Competition Head-To-Head Review

Gildan Activewear (NYSE: GIL) is one of 26 publicly-traded companies in the “Apparel & Accessories” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Gildan Activewear to related businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, earnings, risk, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Volatility & Risk

Gildan Activewear has a beta of 0.74, suggesting that its share price is 26% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Gildan Activewear’s rivals have a beta of 0.69, suggesting that their average share price is 31% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Gildan Activewear and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Gildan Activewear $2.59 billion $346.63 million 17.22
Gildan Activewear Competitors $3.00 billion $167.09 million 22.15

Gildan Activewear’s rivals have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Gildan Activewear. Gildan Activewear is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

72.7% of Gildan Activewear shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 48.2% of shares of all “Apparel & Accessories” companies are held by institutional investors. 27.0% of shares of all “Apparel & Accessories” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Gildan Activewear and its rivals, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Gildan Activewear 0 8 3 0 2.27
Gildan Activewear Competitors 258 1284 1906 72 2.51

Gildan Activewear presently has a consensus price target of $34.67, suggesting a potential upside of 19.83%. As a group, “Apparel & Accessories” companies have a potential upside of 6.10%. Given Gildan Activewear’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Gildan Activewear is more favorable than its rivals.


Gildan Activewear pays an annual dividend of $0.37 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. Gildan Activewear pays out 22.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Apparel & Accessories” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.4% and pay out 37.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Gildan Activewear has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.


This table compares Gildan Activewear and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Gildan Activewear 14.21% 18.73% 12.79%
Gildan Activewear Competitors -1,512.51% -11.27% -7.80%


Gildan Activewear beats its rivals on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

Gildan Activewear Company Profile

Gildan Activewear Inc. is a manufacturer and marketer of branded basic family apparel, including T-shirts, fleece, sport shirts, underwear, socks, hosiery and shapewear. The Company operates through two segments: Printwear and Branded Apparel. The Printwear segment designs, manufactures, sources, markets, and distributes undecorated activewear products. The Branded Apparel segment designs, manufactures, sources, markets, and distributes branded family apparel, which includes athletic, casual and dress socks, underwear, activewear, sheer hosiery, legwear, and shapewear products, which are sold to retailers in the United States and Canada. The Company sells its products under various brands, including the Gildan, Gold Toe, Anvil, Comfort Colors, American Apparel, Alstyle, Secret, Silks, Kushyfoot, Secret Silky, Therapy Plus, Peds, and MediPeds brands. The Company distributes its products in printwear markets in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Latin America.

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