Contrasting Dover Saddlery (DOVR) and Staples (SPLS)

Dover Saddlery (NASDAQ: DOVR) and Staples (NASDAQ:SPLS) are both other specialty retailers – nec companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership and earnings.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

85.6% of Staples shares are held by institutional investors. 0.7% of Staples shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for Dover Saddlery and Staples, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Dover Saddlery 0 0 0 0 N/A
Staples 0 5 1 0 2.17

Staples has a consensus target price of $8.85, suggesting a potential downside of 13.66%. Given Staples’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Staples is more favorable than Dover Saddlery.

Dividends

Staples pays an annual dividend of $0.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.7%. Dover Saddlery does not pay a dividend. Staples pays out -126.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Dover Saddlery and Staples’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Dover Saddlery -3.40% -17.52% -6.75%
Staples 1.61% 7.49% 3.33%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Dover Saddlery and Staples’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Dover Saddlery N/A N/A N/A $0.13 64.85
Staples N/A N/A N/A ($0.38) -26.97

Staples is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Dover Saddlery, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Staples beats Dover Saddlery on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Dover Saddlery

Dover Saddlery, Inc. is a retailer and omni-channel marketer of equestrian products in the United States. The Company sells its products through omni-channel, including direct and retail. The Company offers a range of products required to own, ride, train and compete with a horse. The Company’s equestrian product line includes a range of separate items such as saddles, tack, specialized apparel, footwear, horse clothing, horse health and stable products. As of December 31, 2013, the Company, through its subsidiaries, operates twenty-one retail stores under the Dover Saddlery brand and one retail store under the Smith Brothers brand. It maintains two catalogs. The Dover Saddlery catalog caters to the mid to high-end, English-style, equestrian products customer. The Smith Brothers catalog is aimed at the Western-style, equestrian products customer. The Company offers web-base marketing through its Websites www.doversaddlery.com and www.smithbrothers.com.

About Staples

Staples, Inc. (Staples) is a provider of products and services that serve the needs of business customers and consumers. The Company offers a range of print and marketing and technology services. The Company’s segments include North American Delivery, North American Retail and Other. The North American Delivery segment consists of the United States and Canadian businesses, including Staples Business Advantage, staples.com, staples.ca, and quill.com, that sell and deliver products and services primarily to businesses. The North American Retail segment includes its retail stores in the United States and Canada. As of January 28, 2017, its North American Retail segment consisted of 1,255 stores in the United States and 304 stores in Canada. The Company has other businesses in Australia, South America and Asia. Staples Australia serves primarily contract and government customers in Australia and New Zealand. The Company also has operations in China, Argentina, Taiwan and Brazil.

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