Head to Head Analysis: Buckle, Inc. (The) (BKE) vs. The Competition

Buckle, Inc. (The) (NYSE: BKE) is one of 38 publicly-traded companies in the “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Buckle, Inc. (The) to related companies based on the strength of its dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, valuation and risk.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Buckle, Inc. (The) and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Buckle, Inc. (The) $974.87 million $97.96 million 9.89
Buckle, Inc. (The) Competitors $3.99 billion $181.38 million 21.31

Buckle, Inc. (The)’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Buckle, Inc. (The). Buckle, Inc. (The) is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Volatility & Risk

Buckle, Inc. (The) has a beta of 0.94, indicating that its share price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Buckle, Inc. (The)’s peers have a beta of 0.74, indicating that their average share price is 26% less volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Buckle, Inc. (The) and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Buckle, Inc. (The) 9.40% 19.96% 15.04%
Buckle, Inc. (The) Competitors 2.18% 4.52% 5.17%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for Buckle, Inc. (The) and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Buckle, Inc. (The) 1 0 0 0 1.00
Buckle, Inc. (The) Competitors 517 2993 2916 84 2.39

Buckle, Inc. (The) presently has a consensus target price of $13.00, suggesting a potential downside of 26.97%. As a group, “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” companies have a potential upside of 9.78%. Given Buckle, Inc. (The)’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Buckle, Inc. (The) has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

59.7% of Buckle, Inc. (The) shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 75.4% of shares of all “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” companies are owned by institutional investors. 41.7% of Buckle, Inc. (The) shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 16.4% of shares of all “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


Buckle, Inc. (The) pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.6%. Buckle, Inc. (The) pays out 55.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” companies pay a dividend yield of 3.1% and pay out 55.8% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Buckle, Inc. (The) has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years. Buckle, Inc. (The) is clearly a better dividend stock than its peers, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.


Buckle, Inc. (The) peers beat Buckle, Inc. (The) on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About Buckle, Inc. (The)

The Buckle, Inc. is a retailer of casual apparel, footwear and accessories for young men and women. As of January 28, 2017, the Company operated 467 retail stores in 44 states throughout the United States under the names Buckle and The Buckle. The Company markets a selection of brand name casual apparel, including denims, other casual bottoms, tops, sportswear, outerwear, accessories and footwear. The Company provides customer services, such as free hemming, free gift-wrapping, easy layaways, the Buckle private label credit card, and a guest loyalty program. The Company offers denims from brands, such as Miss Me, Rock Revival, Big Star Vintage, Buffalo Jeans, KanCan, Flying Monkey and Levi’s. Its other brands include Hurley, Billabong, Affliction, American Fighter, Fast & Furious, Oakley, Fox, Puma, Obey, RVCA, Salvage, 7 Diamonds, Nixon, Amuse Society, Free People, White Crow, Corral, Reef, Kustom, Timberland, UGG, TOMS, SAXX, Stance, Lokai, Ray-Ban, and Fossil.

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