Financial Review: Coastal Contacts (COA) versus Its Competitors

Coastal Contacts (NASDAQ: COA) is one of 23 public companies in the “Other Specialty Retailers” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Coastal Contacts to related businesses based on the strength of its risk, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends and valuation.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Coastal Contacts and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Coastal Contacts N/A N/A -23.52
Coastal Contacts Competitors $2.16 billion $108.20 million 192.97

Coastal Contacts’ rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Coastal Contacts. Coastal Contacts 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.

Profitability

This table compares Coastal Contacts and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Coastal Contacts N/A N/A N/A
Coastal Contacts Competitors -3.74% -14.82% 3.95%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Coastal Contacts and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Coastal Contacts 0 0 0 0 N/A
Coastal Contacts Competitors 369 1009 1099 40 2.32

As a group, “Other Specialty Retailers” companies have a potential downside of 8.14%. Given Coastal Contacts’ rivals higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Coastal Contacts has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

62.0% of shares of all “Other Specialty Retailers” companies are held by institutional investors. 23.5% of shares of all “Other Specialty Retailers” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Coastal Contacts rivals beat Coastal Contacts on 6 of the 8 factors compared.

About Coastal Contacts

Coastal Contacts Inc. is an online retailer of eyewear serving markets in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. The Company operates in two primary product segments: contact lenses and glasses. The Company has approximately nine stores in Canada and Sweden. It sells contact lenses manufactured by multinational companies, such as Vistakon (a division of Johnson and Johnson Vision Care Inc.), Alcon, Inc., Bausch & Lomb Inc. and Coopervision Inc. Its products are offered for sale by telephone, e9 mail, through its Websites, which include www.ClearlyContacts.ca, www.ClearlyContacts.com.au, www.ClearlyContacts.co.nz, www.LensWay.se, www.LensWay.fi, www.LensWay.nl, www.LensWay.no, www.LensWay.co.uk, and www.ContactSan.com or at one of its nine physical retail locations. In April 2014, the Company announced that Essilor International (Compagnie Generale d’Optique), S.A. (Essilor) has indirectly acquired the interest of Coastal.com.

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