Christopher & Banks (OTCMKTS:CBKCQ) & Cato (NYSE:CATO) Critical Review

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

Volatility & Risk

Christopher & Banks has a beta of -22.2, indicating that its stock price is 2,320% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cato has a beta of 0.89, indicating that its stock price is 11% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Christopher & Banks $348.85 million 0.00 -$16.69 million N/A N/A
Cato $769.27 million 0.26 $36.84 million $0.44 21.43

Cato has higher revenue and earnings than Christopher & Banks.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Christopher & Banks N/A N/A N/A
Cato 1.28% 3.76% 1.61%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Christopher & Banks and Cato, as provided by MarketBeat.

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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

70.7% of Cato shares are owned by institutional investors. 19.8% of Christopher & Banks shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 15.0% of Cato shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


Cato beats Christopher & Banks on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Christopher & Banks

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Christopher & Banks Corporation, together with 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 September 11, 2020, the company operated 452 stores, including 316 missy, petite, women stores; and 77 Outlet stores, 31 Christopher & Banks stores, and 28 C.J. Banks stores in its women's plus size clothing division CJ Banks in 44 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. On April 13, 2021, the voluntary petition of Christopher & Banks Corporation for reorganization under Chapter 11 was converted to Chapter 7. It had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on January 13, 2021.

About Cato

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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 January 29, 2022, the company operated 1,311 stores in 32 states. It also provides credit card services to its customers, as well as layaway plans for customers who agree to make periodic payments. The company was incorporated in 1946 and is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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