Ermenegildo Zegna (NYSE:ZGN) and Columbia Sportswear (NASDAQ:COLM) Direct Inquiry

Ermenegildo Zegna (NYSE:ZGN – Get Rating) and Columbia Sportswear (NASDAQ:COLM – Get Rating) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the best investment? We’ll compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, risk, earnings, dividends, profitability, and analyst recommendations.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

54.0% of Columbia Sportswear shares are held by institutional investors. 1.2% of Ermenegildo Zegna shares are held by insiders. By comparison, 40.3% of Columbia Sportswear’s stock is held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership indicates that large fund managers, hedge funds, and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and benefits

This chart compares gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS), and valuation of Ermenegildo Zegna and Columbia Sportswear.

Gross revenue Price/sales ratio Net revenue Earnings per share Price/earnings ratio
Ermenegildo Zegna $1.53 billion 0.33 -$160.90 million N / A N / A
Columbia Sportswear $3.13 billion 1.82 $354.11 million $5.36 4:45 p.m.

Columbia Sportswear has higher revenues and profits than Ermenegildo Zegna.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Ermenegildo Zegna and Columbia Sportswear, as reported by

Sales Ratings Hold odds Buy reviews Strong buy odds Rating
Ermenegildo Zegna 0 1 1 0 2.50
Columbia Sportswear 0 5 3 0 2.38

Ermenegildo Zegna currently has a consensus price target of $12.30, indicating a potential upside of 22.88%. Columbia Sportswear has a consensus price target of $112.50, indicating a potential upside of 27.57%. Given Columbia Sportswear’s possible higher upside, analysts clearly believe that Columbia Sportswear is more favorable than Ermenegildo Zegna.

Risk and Volatility

Ermenegildo Zegna has a beta of 0.37, suggesting its stock price is 63% less volatile than the S&P 500. By comparison, Columbia Sportswear has a beta of 0.9, suggesting its stock price is 10% less volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares the net margins, return on equity and return on assets of Ermenegildo Zegna and Columbia Sportswear.

Net margins Return on equity return on assets
Ermenegildo Zegna N / A -82.29% -14.51%
Columbia Sportswear 11.33% 18.64% 12.20%


Columbia Sportswear beats Ermenegildo Zegna on 11 out of 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Company Profile Ermenegildo Zegna (Get a rating)

Ermenegildo Zegna NV designs, manufactures, markets and distributes luxury men’s clothing, footwear, leather goods and other accessories under the Zegna and Thom Browne brands. It offers luxury leisure wear for men; ceremonial suits, tuxedos, shirts, blazers, ceremonial overcoats and accessories; leather accessories including shoes, bags, belts and small leather accessories; and perfumes. The company also offers luxury women’s and children’s apparel under the Thom Browne brand, as well as eyewear, cufflinks and jewelry, watches, underwear and beachwear manufactured by third parties under license. It serves customers in its own stores and in other retail stores, as well as online in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, North America, Latin America, Asia-Pacific and the international. The company was founded in 1910 and is based in Trivero, Italy. Ermenegildo Zegna NV is a subsidiary of Monterubello ss

Columbia Sportswear Company Profile (Get a rating)

Columbia Sportswear Company, together with its subsidiaries, designs, sources, markets and distributes outdoor, active and everyday apparel, footwear, accessories and equipment in the United States, Latin America, Asia- Pacific, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Canada. The company provides clothing, accessories and equipment that are used in various activities, such as skiing, snowboarding, hiking, climbing, mountaineering, camping, hunting, fishing, running , water sports, yoga, golf and adventure travel. It also offers footwear products that include lightweight hiking boots, trail running shoes, rugged cold weather boots for snow and ice activities, sandals and shoes for water activities, as well as functional fashion shoes and casual shoes for everyday use. The Company sells its products under the Columbia, Mountain Hardwear, SOREL and prAna brands through the Company’s network of branded stores and outlets, brand-specific e-commerce sites and franchise agreements. with third parties at branded outlets. and in-store retail outlets, as well as specialty outdoor and sporting goods stores, sporting goods chains, department store chains, Internet retailers and international distributors. As of December 31, 2021, it operated approximately 455 retail stores. The company was founded in 1938 and is based in Portland, Oregon.

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