Head to Head Comparison: UniFirst (NYSE:UNF) vs. XpresSpa Group (NYSE:XSPA)

UniFirst (NYSE:UNF) and XpresSpa Group (NASDAQ:XSPA) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, dividends and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for UniFirst and XpresSpa Group, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
UniFirst 0 2 1 0 2.33
XpresSpa Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

UniFirst currently has a consensus target price of $185.50, suggesting a potential downside of 0.53%. Given UniFirst’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe UniFirst is more favorable than XpresSpa Group.

Risk & Volatility

UniFirst has a beta of 0.89, suggesting that its stock price is 11% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, XpresSpa Group has a beta of 2.91, suggesting that its stock price is 191% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares UniFirst and XpresSpa Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
UniFirst $1.81 billion 1.95 $179.13 million $8.52 21.89
XpresSpa Group $48.51 million 4.51 -$21.22 million N/A N/A

UniFirst has higher revenue and earnings than XpresSpa Group.


This table compares UniFirst and XpresSpa Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
UniFirst 7.70% 8.49% 6.74%
XpresSpa Group -65.60% -1,401.12% -72.24%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

79.5% of UniFirst shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 4.8% of XpresSpa Group shares are held by institutional investors. 1.1% of UniFirst shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.3% of XpresSpa Group shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


UniFirst beats XpresSpa Group on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

UniFirst Company Profile

UniFirst Corporation provides workplace uniforms and protective work wear clothing in the United States, Europe, and Canada. The company operates through U.S. Rental and Cleaning, Canadian Rental and Cleaning, Manufacturing, Specialty Garments Rental and Cleaning, and First Aid segments. It designs, manufactures, personalizes, rents, cleans, delivers, and sells a range of uniforms and protective clothing, including shirts, pants, jackets, coveralls, lab coats, smocks, and aprons; and specialized protective wear, such as flame resistant and high visibility garments. The company also rents and sells industrial wiping products, floor mats, facility service products, and dry and wet mops; restroom and cleaning supplies comprising air fresheners, paper products, and hand soaps; and other textile products. In addition, it provides first aid cabinet services and other safety supplies; decontaminates and cleans work clothes, and other items that might expose to radioactive materials; and services special cleanroom protective wear and facilities. Further, it offers a range of garment service options, including full-service rental programs in which garments are cleaned and serviced; lease programs in which garments are cleaned and maintained by individual employees; and purchase programs to buy garments and related items directly. The company serves automobile service centers and dealers, delivery services, food and general merchandise retailers, food processors and service operations, light manufacturers, maintenance facilities, restaurants, service companies, soft and durable goods wholesalers, transportation companies, government agencies, research and development laboratories, high technology companies, and utilities operating nuclear reactors, as well as others who require employee clothing for image, identification, protection, or utility purposes. UniFirst Corporation was founded in 1936 and is based in Wilmington, Massachusetts.

XpresSpa Group Company Profile

XpresSpa Group, Inc. operates as a health and wellness services company in the United States and internationally. It operates through two segments, Wellness and Intellectual Property. The Wellness segment offers airport retailer spa services; massage services for the neck, back, feet, and whole body; nail care, such as pedicures, manicures, and polish changes; travel products, including neck pillows, blankets, and massage tools; and cryotherapy, compression, and personal care services, as well as retail products. This segment offers its wellness and travel products through its Website, xpresspa.com. The Intellectual Property segment engages in the monetization of patents related to content and ad delivery, remote monitoring, and computing technologies. As of March 29, 2018, it operated 57 stores in 23 airports. The company was formerly known as FORM Holdings Corp. and changed its name to XpresSpa Group, Inc. in January 2018. XpresSpa Group, Inc. is headquartered in New York, New York.

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