Better Buy: TJX vs. Target

Better Buy: TJX vs. Target

With rising prices and the possibility for a recession, consumers are flocking to discount stores and off-price retailers in an effort to purchase general merchandise at lower prices. TJX (TJX), and Target (TGT) are two of the most prominent off-price retailers. They should benefit from this increased foot traffic and improved product and service offerings. Which stock is better to buy now? Find out more. – StockNews

The TJX Companies, Inc. (TJX) and Target Corporation (TGT) are two prominent retailers in the U.S. TJX operates as an off-price and home fashions retailer that sells family and home fashions, fine jewelry, accessories, and other merchandise worldwide. It is available through TJX International, Marmaxx, HomeGoods, TJX Canada and TJX International. TGT is a discount retailer that sells general merchandise through its stores and digital channels.

Amid high inflation and the possibility of a recession, consumers are rushing to discount stores or off-price retailers that offer merchandise at relatively lower prices. Strong online presence, increased foot traffic and delivery services should help off price retailers generate solid revenues. The global off-price retail market is expected to grow at an 8.2% CAGR to $474. 77 billion by 2028. Both TJX as well as TGT should therefore benefit.

TJX is a winner with 2.6% gains over the past week versus TGT’s 31.1% loss. Which stock is better? Let’s find the answer.

Recent Financial Results

TJX’s net sales for fiscal 2023 first quarter ended April 30, 2022, increased 13.1% year-over-year to $11. 41 billion. The company’s pre-tax income came in at $852. 28 million, indicating an 18.2% year-over-year improvement. While its net income increased 10% year-over-year to $587. 47 million, its EPS grew 11.4% to $0.49. As of April 30, 2022, the company had $4. 30 billion in cash and equivalents.

For the fiscal 2022 first quarter ended April 30, 2022, TGT’s total revenue increased 4% year-over-year to $25. 17 billion. The company’s operating income was $1. 35 billion, representing a 43.3% decline from the prior-year period. Its net earnings were $1. 01 billion, down 51.9% from the year-ago period. TGT’s adjusted earnings per share came in at $2. 19, indicating a 40.7% year-over-year decline. As of April 30, 2022, the company had $1. 11 billion in cash and cash equivalents.

Past and Expected Financial Performance

Over the past three years, TJX’s tangible book value has increased at a CAGR of 3%. TJX’s EPS is expected to increase 11.9% year-over-year in fiscal 2023, ending January 31, 2023, and 13.5% in fiscal 2024. Its revenue is expected to grow 6.7% in fiscal 2023 and 6% in fiscal 2024. Analysts expect the company’s EPS to rise at a 12.8% rate per annum over the next five years.

Over the past three years, TGT’s tangible book value has declined at a CAGR of 1%. Analysts expect TGT’s EPS to decline 34% year-over-year in fiscal 2022, ending January 31, 2023, and rise 39.2% in fiscal 2023. Its revenue is expected to grow 4% year-over-year in fiscal 2022 and 4.2% in fiscal 2023. Analysts expect the company’s EPS to grow at a 19.6% rate per annum over the next five years.


In terms of non-GAAP P/E, TJX is currently trading at 19. 24x, 5.4% higher than TGT’s 18.26x. TGT’s forward EV/Sales is 0. 81x compares with TJX’s 1.55x.


TGT’s trailing-12-month revenue is 2.2 times TJX’s. However, TJX is more profitable, with an 11.5% EBITDA margin versus TGT’s 10%.

Furthermore, TJX’s ROE, ROA, and ROTC of 56.9%, 10.4%, and 15.4% compare with TGT’s 45.5%, 9.9%, and 17.2%, respectively.

POWR Ratings

While TJX has an overall B grade, which translates to Buy in our proprietary POWR Ratings system, TGT has an overall C grade, equating to Neutral. The POWR Ratings are calculated by considering 118 distinct factors, each weighted to an optimal degree.

Both TJX and TGT have been graded a B for Quality, consistent with their higher-than-industry profitability ratios. TJX’s 56.9% trailing-12-month ROE is 234.1% higher than the 17% industry average. TGT’s 45.5% trailing-12-month ROE is 167.5% lower than the 17% industry average.

TJX has been graded a B in terms of Sentiment, which is in sync with expected earnings growth. TJX’s EPS is expected to grow 11.9% year-over-year to $3. 19 for fiscal 2023 ending January 31, 2023. TGT’s Sentiment grade of D is a reflection of its weak EPS estimates by analysts. The consensus EPS estimate was $8. 95 billion for TGT’s fiscal 2022 ending January 31, 2023, represents a 34% decline from the prior-year period.

Of the 68 stocks in the B-rated Fashion & Luxury industry, TJX is ranked #21. In contrast, TGT is ranked #31 of 37 stocks in the A-rated Grocery/Big Box Retailers industry.

Beyond what we have stated above, our POWR Ratings system has graded TJX and TGT for Growth, Momentum, Stability, and Value. Get all TJX ratings here. Also, click here to see the additional POWR Ratings for TGT.

The Winner

Rising foot traffic at off-price and discount stores should benefit both TJX and TGT amid the high inflation. TJX is a better investment here due to its higher profitability.

Our research shows that the odds of success increase if one invests in stocks with an Overall POWR Rating of Buy or Strong Buy. Click here to access the top-rated stocks in the Fashion & Luxury industry, and here for those in the Grocery/Big Box Retailers industry.

TJX shares closed at $58. 97 on Friday, down $-1. 68 (-2.77%). Year-to-date, TJX has declined -21. 63%, versus a -17. 67% rise in the benchmark S&P 500 index during the same period.

About the Author: Sweta Vijayan

Sweta is an investment analyst and journalist with a special interest in finding market inefficiencies. She is passionate about educating investors so they can be successful in the stock market.


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