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How Did Barnes & Noble Perform Compared to Its Competitors?

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Nov. 20 2020, Updated 1:06 p.m. ET

ETFs that invest in Barnes & Noble

The PowerShares S&P SmallCap Consumer Discretionary Portfolio ETF (PSCD) invests 0.99% of its holdings in Barnes & Noble. This ETF tracks a cap-weighted index of consumer staples stocks selected from the S&P SmallCap 600.

The RevenueShares Small Cap ETF (RWJ) invests 0.98% of its holdings in Barnes & Noble. This ETF tracks an index of S&P SmallCap 600 Index stocks that are weighted by revenue.

The SPDR S&P Retail ETF (XRT) invests 0.93% of its holdings in Barnes & Noble. The ETF tracks a broad-based, equal-weighted index of stocks in the US retail industry.

The Workplace Equality Portfolio ETF (EQLT) invests 0.57% of its holdings in Barnes & Noble. This ETF tracks an index of about 140 global stocks selected by the firms’ support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees in the workplace. These stocks are equally weighted.

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Comparison of Barnes & Noble with its ETFs

The year-to-date price movement of Barnes & Noble Inc. (BKS), the PowerShares S&P SmallCap Consumer Discretionary Portfolio ETF (PSCD), the RevenueShares Small Cap ETF (RWJ), and the SPDR S&P Retail ETF (XRT) is -21.80%, 1.48%, -6.12%, and -1.46%, respectively.

Barnes and Noble’s price-to-book value (or PBV) ratio is 0.63. The PowerShares S&P SmallCap Consumer Discretionary Portfolio ETF (PSCD), the RevenueShares Small Cap ETF (RWJ), the SPDR S&P Retail ETF (XRT), and the Workplace Equality Portfolio (EQLT) have PB ratios of 2.67x, 1.74x, 3.54x, and 2.61x, respectively.

Based on its price movement and PBV ratio, Barnes & Noble is performing well behind its ETFs.

Comparison of Barnes & Noble with its peers

Barnes & Noble’s current ratio in 1Q16 is 1.21, which is similar to its competitors: Amazon.com (AMZN) at 1.10, Nebraska Book Holdings (NEEB)(NEEB) at 1.25, and Chegg Inc. (CHGG) at 2.09.

In 1Q16, the gross profit margins of Barnes & Noble (BKS), Books-A-Million (BAMM), Chegg Inc. (CHGG), Amazon.com (AMZN), and Nebraska Book Holdings (NEEB)(NEEB) are 28.9%, 27.88%, 45.94%, 34.61%, and 50.03%, respectively. Based on gross profit margin figures, these competitors have outperformed Barnes & Noble.

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