Weight Watchers International (WTW) and Weight Watchers International (WW) Critical Contrast

Weight Watchers International (NASDAQ:WW) and Weight Watchers International (NYSE:WTW) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, dividends and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Weight Watchers International and Weight Watchers International, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Weight Watchers International 2 1 0 0 1.33
Weight Watchers International 2 8 2 0 2.00

Weight Watchers International presently has a consensus target price of $19.00, indicating a potential downside of 12.04%. Weight Watchers International has a consensus target price of $44.25, indicating a potential upside of 101.04%. Given Weight Watchers International’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Weight Watchers International is more favorable than Weight Watchers International.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

86.8% of Weight Watchers International shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 91.3% of Weight Watchers International shares are owned by institutional investors. 12.0% of Weight Watchers International shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 12.3% of Weight Watchers International shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Weight Watchers International and Weight Watchers International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Weight Watchers International 11.84% -20.48% 12.29%
Weight Watchers International N/A N/A N/A

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Weight Watchers International and Weight Watchers International’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Weight Watchers International $1.51 billion 0.96 $223.75 million $3.19 6.77
Weight Watchers International N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Weight Watchers International has higher revenue and earnings than Weight Watchers International.

Summary

Weight Watchers International beats Weight Watchers International on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Weight Watchers International Company Profile

Weight Watchers International, Inc. provides weight management services worldwide. The company operates in four segments: North America, Continental Europe, United Kingdom, and Other. It provides a range of products and services comprising nutritional, activity, behavioral, and lifestyle tools and approaches. The company offers various digital subscription products to wellness and weight management business, which provide interactive and personalized resources that allow users to follow its weight management program via its Web-based and mobile app products, including personal coaching products; and allows members to support each other by sharing their experiences with other people on weight management and wellness journeys. Further, it provides various products, including bars, snacks, cookbooks, kitchen tools, and other products. Additionally, the company licenses its trademarks and other intellectual property in food, beverages, and other consumer products and services. It offers products through its e-commerce platform, magazine subscriptions, publishing, and third-party advertising in publications; and through Websites and sales from the By Mail product. The company was founded in 1961 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

Weight Watchers International Company Profile

Weight Watchers International, Inc. provides weight management services worldwide. The company operates in four segments: North America, United Kingdom, Continental Europe, and Other. It offers a range of products and services comprising nutritional, activity, behavioral, and lifestyle tools and approaches. The company also engages in the meetings business, which presents weight management programs, as well as allows members to support each other by sharing their experiences with other people experiencing similar weight management challenges. In addition, it offers various digital subscription products, including Weight Watchers OnlinePlus and a weight management companion for Weight Watchers meeting members to digitally manage the day-to-day aspects of their weight management plan, as well as provides interactive and personalized resources that allow users to follow weight management plan; and personal coaching products. Further, the company provides various products, including bars, snacks, cookbooks, food, and restaurant guides with SmartPoints values, Weight Watchers magazines, and other third-party products. Additionally, it licenses the Weight Watchers brand and other intellectual property in food, beverages, and other consumer products and services, as well as endorses selected branded consumer products; and engages in publishing magazines, as well issues other publications, such as cookbooks, and food and restaurant guides with SmartPoints values. It offers products through its meeting and franchisee business, as well as online. Weight Watchers International, Inc. was founded in 1961 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

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