Comparing DS Healthcare Group (DSKX) and Edgewell Personal Care (EPC)

DS Healthcare Group (OTCMKTS: DSKX) and Edgewell Personal Care (NYSE:EPC) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings and institutional ownership.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.0% of DS Healthcare Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 93.2% of Edgewell Personal Care shares are owned by institutional investors. 19.4% of DS Healthcare Group shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.0% of Edgewell Personal Care shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares DS Healthcare Group and Edgewell Personal Care’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
DS Healthcare Group -62.31% -1,304.25% -117.85%
Edgewell Personal Care 0.25% 12.54% 5.15%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for DS Healthcare Group and Edgewell Personal Care, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
DS Healthcare Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
Edgewell Personal Care 2 6 3 0 2.09

Edgewell Personal Care has a consensus target price of $73.60, indicating a potential upside of 22.71%. Given Edgewell Personal Care’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Edgewell Personal Care is more favorable than DS Healthcare Group.

Volatility & Risk

DS Healthcare Group has a beta of 2.31, meaning that its share price is 131% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Edgewell Personal Care has a beta of 0.89, meaning that its share price is 11% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares DS Healthcare Group and Edgewell Personal Care’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
DS Healthcare Group $12.95 million 0.01 -$6.93 million ($0.27) -0.02
Edgewell Personal Care $2.30 billion 1.44 $5.70 million $0.07 856.86

Edgewell Personal Care has higher revenue and earnings than DS Healthcare Group. DS Healthcare Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Edgewell Personal Care, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Edgewell Personal Care beats DS Healthcare Group on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About DS Healthcare Group

DS Healthcare Group, Inc., doing business as DS Laboratories, is a personal care, product development and marketing company. The Company develops and markets branded personal care products that address thinning hair conditions, skin care and other personal care needs. It develops technologies and products for hair care and personal care needs. Its technologies include Liposome Technology, which acts as a carrier agent, and is designed to enhance the act ion of the active ingredients in its products, and Nanosome Technology, which acts as a delivery vehicle, and is designed to infuse active compounds into targeted cells. The Company products are primarily sold under its DS Laboratories brand. It also sells certain products under its Polaris Labs and Sigma Skin brands. It markets and sells these products through salons, spas, department stores, specialty retailers and distributors. The Company offers products under three product categories: Hair Care, Skin Care and Personal Care.

About Edgewell Personal Care

Edgewell Personal Care Company is a manufacturer and marketer of personal care products in the wet shave, sun and skin care, feminine care and infant care categories. As of September 30, 2016, the Company had a portfolio of over 25 brands. It manages its business in four segments: Wet Shave, Sun and Skin Care, Feminine Care and All Other. Its Wet shave products are sold under the Schick, Wilkinson Sword, Edge, Skintimate, Shave Guard and Personna brand names. Its Sun and Skin Care products are sold under the Banana Boat, Hawaiian Tropic, Wet Ones and Playtex brand names and offers Wet Ones, portable hand wipes category, and Playtex household gloves, the branded household glove in the United States. Its Feminine Care segment markets its products under the Playtex, Stayfree, Carefree and o.b. brands and markets pads and liners. Its All Other segment includes infant care, pet care and miscellaneous other products.

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