Head-To-Head Analysis: Lightinthebox (LITB) vs. PCM (PCMI)

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PCM (NASDAQ: PCMI) and Lightinthebox (NYSE:LITB) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership and earnings.


This table compares PCM and Lightinthebox’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
PCM 0.08% 11.19% 2.09%
Lightinthebox -2.98% -13.90% -7.62%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for PCM and Lightinthebox, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
PCM 0 0 2 0 3.00
Lightinthebox 0 0 0 0 N/A

PCM presently has a consensus target price of $12.00, indicating a potential downside of 20.79%. Given PCM’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe PCM is more favorable than Lightinthebox.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares PCM and Lightinthebox’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
PCM $2.19 billion 0.08 $3.09 million $1.08 14.03
Lightinthebox $319.88 million 0.46 -$9.54 million N/A N/A

PCM has higher revenue and earnings than Lightinthebox.

Risk and Volatility

PCM has a beta of 0.49, meaning that its stock price is 51% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Lightinthebox has a beta of 1.26, meaning that its stock price is 26% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

55.2% of PCM shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.6% of Lightinthebox shares are held by institutional investors. 24.0% of PCM shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 62.2% of Lightinthebox shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


PCM beats Lightinthebox on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About PCM

PCM, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a multi-vendor provider of technology products and solutions in the United States and the rest of Europe. The company operates through four segments: Commercial, Public Sector, Canada, and United Kingdom. It primarily sells device products, servers, storage products, network products, printers, and related accessories and devices. The company also provides managed services, cloud-based services, consulting, IT management and other IT services, and technical certifications and operational expertise in various practice areas; and selection, implementation, and IT solutions comprising security, virtualization, data services, unified communications, and infrastructure, as well as software asset management and software value-added reseller services. PCM, Inc. markets its products, services, and solutions to individuals; commercial businesses; state, local, and federal governments; and educational institutions through its sales force, e-commerce channels, and technology services teams, as well as cloud data centers, field services organizations, and online extranets. The company was formerly known as PC Mall, Inc. and changed its name to PCM, Inc. in December 2012. PCM, Inc. was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in El Segundo, California.

About Lightinthebox

LightInTheBox Holding Co., Ltd., through its subsidiaries, operates as an online retail company worldwide. It provides apparel products, including customized, special occasion, and fast fashion apparel products; and other general merchandise products, such as accessories and gadgets, home and garden products, electronics and communication devices, and other products. The company offers its products through lightinthebox.com, miniinthebox.com, ouku.com, and other Websites, as well as through mobile applications; and sells its products through online marketplace platforms. It also provides logistic and marketing services; and mobile application software development and information technology support services. The company was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Beijing, the People's Republic of China.

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