Cato (NYSE:CATO) & Christopher & Banks (NYSE:CBKC) Head to Head Analysis

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Cato (NYSE:CATO) and Christopher & Banks (OTCMKTS:CBKC) are both small-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, institutional ownership and profitability.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Cato and Christopher & Banks’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cato $825.34 million 0.23 $35.90 million N/A N/A
Christopher & Banks $348.85 million 0.02 -$16.69 million ($0.42) -0.40

Cato has higher revenue and earnings than Christopher & Banks.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

67.1% of Cato shares are held by institutional investors. 11.3% of Cato shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 19.8% of Christopher & Banks shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Cato and Christopher & Banks’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cato -5.04% -11.07% -5.10%
Christopher & Banks -13.15% -417.96% -19.81%

Volatility and Risk

Cato has a beta of 0.62, indicating that its share price is 38% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Christopher & Banks has a beta of 2.83, indicating that its share price is 183% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Cato and Christopher & Banks, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cato 0 0 0 0 N/A
Christopher & Banks 0 0 1 0 3.00


Cato beats Christopher & Banks on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Cato Company Profile

The Cato Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailer of fashion apparel and accessories primarily in the southeastern United States. It operates through two segments, Retail and Credit. The company's stores and e-commerce Websites offer a range of apparel and accessories, including dressy, career, and casual sportswear; and dresses, coats, shoes, lingerie, costume jewelry, and handbags, as well as men's wear, and lines for kids and infants. It operates its stores and e-commerce Websites under the Cato, Cato Fashions, Cato Plus, It's Fashion, It's Fashion Metro, and Versona names. As of February 2, 2019, the company operated 1,311 stores in 31 states. It also provides credit card services to its customers, as well as layaway plans. The company was founded in 1946 and is based in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Christopher & Banks Company Profile

Christopher & Banks Corporation, through its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailer of private-brand women's apparel and accessories in the United States. The company designs and sells women's apparel and accessories to customers ranging in age from 50 and older. Its stores offer women's apparel consisting of casual clothing, everyday basics, wear-to-work, leisure/active wear, and sleepwear in missy, petite, and women sizes, as well as jewelry and accessories. As of April 18, 2019, the company operated 457 stores, including 313 missy, petite, women stores; and 81 Outlet stores, 33 Christopher & Banks stores, and 30 stores in its women's plus size clothing division CJ Banks in 45 states. It also operates, an e-commerce Website for its Christopher & Banks and CJ Banks brands. The company was formerly known as Braun's Fashions Corporation and changed its name to Christopher & Banks Corporation in July 2000. Christopher & Banks Corporation was founded in 1956 and is headquartered in Plymouth, Minnesota.

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