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How Does Ascena Retail Group Compare to Its Peers?

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Ascena Retail Group and its peers

In this article, we’ll compare Ascena Retail Group with its peers and a few of its ETFs:

  • The PBV (price-to-book value) ratios of Ascena Retail Group (ASNA), Macy’s (M), Gap (GPS), Kohl’s (KSS), and Chico’s FAS (CHS) are 1.3x, 3.2x, 4.2x, 1.7x, and 2.3x, respectively, as of December 1, 2015.

  • The price-to-sales ratios of Ascena Retail Group, Macy’s, Gap, Kohl’s, and Chico’s FAS are 0.48x, 0.47x, 0.67x, 0.48x, and 0.63x, respectively.

Thus, these peers have mostly outperformed Ascena Retail Group based on PBV and price-to-sales ratios.

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ETFs that invest in Ascena Retail Group

The Guggenheim S&P MidCap 400 Pure Value ETF (RFV) invests 1.5% of its holdings in Ascena Retail Group. The ETF tracks a fundamentally weighted index of US-listed value companies.

The SPDR S&P Retail ETF (XRT) invests 0.92% of its holdings in ASNA. The ETF tracks a broad-based, equal-weighted index of stocks in the US retail industry.

The PowerShares Contrarian Opportunities Portfolio (CNTR) invests 0.71% of its holdings in Ascena Retail Group. The ETF tracks an index of US firms with strong fundamental metrics but poor trailing-three-year performance. The index is equal-weighted.

Comparing Ascena Retail Group and its ETFs

Now let’s compare Ascena Retail Group with the ETFs that invest in it:

  • The YTD (year-to-date) price movements of Ascena Retail Group, RFV, XRT, and CNTR are -6.2%, -3.2%, -4.3%, and -7.6%, respectively.
  • The PBV ratios of Ascena Retail Group, RFV, XRT, and CNTR are 1.3x, 1.2x, 3.0x, and 1.8x, respectively.

Thus, these ETFs have mostly outperformed Ascena Retail Group based on price movement and PBV ratio.

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