G-III Apparel Group (NASDAQ: GIII) and K Swiss (NASDAQ:KSWS) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for G-III Apparel Group and K Swiss, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
G-III Apparel Group 1 4 6 0 2.45
K Swiss 0 0 0 0 N/A

G-III Apparel Group currently has a consensus target price of $35.00, indicating a potential downside of 10.60%. Given G-III Apparel Group’s higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe G-III Apparel Group is more favorable than K Swiss.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares G-III Apparel Group and K Swiss’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
G-III Apparel Group $2.39 billion 0.81 $51.93 million $0.84 46.61
K Swiss N/A N/A N/A ($0.98) -4.84

G-III Apparel Group has higher revenue and earnings than K Swiss. K Swiss is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than G-III Apparel Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


This table compares G-III Apparel Group and K Swiss’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
G-III Apparel Group 1.58% 5.65% 2.96%
K Swiss N/A N/A N/A

Volatility and Risk

G-III Apparel Group has a beta of 0.28, meaning that its stock price is 72% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, K Swiss has a beta of 1.22, meaning that its stock price is 22% more volatile than the S&P 500.


G-III Apparel Group beats K Swiss on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

G-III Apparel Group Company Profile

G-III Apparel Group, Ltd. designs, manufactures and markets a range of apparel products. The Company operates through two segments: wholesale operations and retail operations. Its apparel products include outerwear, dresses, sportswear, swimwear, women’s suits and women’s performance wear, as well as women’s handbags, footwear, small leather goods, cold weather accessories and luggage. The Company’s owned brands include Donna Karan, DKNY, DKNY Jeans, Vilebrequin, G-III Sports by Carl Banks, Eliza J, Black Rivet and Jessica Howard. It has fashion licenses under the Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Karl Lagerfeld, Kenneth Cole, Cole Haan and Dockers brands. Through its team sports business, it has licenses with the National Football League, National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball and National Hockey League. It also operates retail stores under the Donna Karan, Wilsons Leather, Bass, G.H. Bass & Co., Vilebrequin and Calvin Klein Performance names.

K Swiss Company Profile

K-Swiss Inc. (K-Swiss) is engaged in designing, developing and marketing an array of footwear, apparel and accessories for athletic, sports and fitness activities and casual wear under the K-Swiss brand. The Company also designs, develops and markets footwear for adventurers for all terrains under the Palladium brand. The Company sells products primarily to footwear stores, pro shops, sporting goods stores and department stores. Internationally, as of December 31, 2011, K-Swiss had the right to market its products in 124 countries through eight international subsidiaries and 29 distributors. During the year ended December 31, 2011, approximately 60%, 21%, 17% and 2% of the Company’s footwear products were manufactured in China, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia, respectively. In May 2013, E.Land World Ltd. completed the acquisition of K Swiss Inc in a merger transaction.

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