Contrast ITOCHU (OTCMKTS:ITOCY) and EssilorLuxottica Société anonyme (OTCMKTS:ESLOY)


ITOCHU (OTCMKTS: ITOCYGet a rating) and EssilorLuxottica Société anonyme (OTCMKTS:ESLOYGet a rating) are both large-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better company? We’ll compare the two companies based on institutional ownership strength, risk, earnings, profitability, dividends, valuation, and analyst recommendations.


This table compares the net margins, return on equity and return on assets of ITOCHU and EssilorLuxottica Société anonyme.

Net margins Return on equity return on assets
ITOCHU 5.98% 17.13% 6.32%
EssilorLuxottica Public limited company N / A N / A N / A

Benefits and evaluation

This table compares the revenue, earnings per share and valuation of ITOCHU and EssilorLuxottica Société anonyme.

Gross revenue Price/sales ratio Net revenue Earnings per share Price/earnings ratio
ITOCHU $97.76 billion 0.46 $3.63 billion $8.72 6.47
EssilorLuxottica Public limited company $23.45 billion 2.76 $1.73 billion N / A N / A

ITOCHU has a higher turnover and profit than EssilorLuxottica Société anonyme.

Analyst Notes

This is a summary of the current recommendations and price targets for ITOCHU and EssilorLuxottica Société anonyme, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sales Ratings Hold odds Buy reviews Strong buy odds Rating
ITOCHU 0 0 1 0 3.00
EssilorLuxottica Public limited company 0 2 4 0 2.67

EssilorLuxottica Société anonyme has a consensus price target of $149.44, suggesting upside potential of 104.74%. Given the higher upside potential of EssilorLuxottica Société anonyme, analysts clearly believe that EssilorLuxottica Société anonyme is more favorable than ITOCHU.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

0.1% of ITOCHU shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership indicates that endowments, large fund managers, and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


ITOCHU pays an annual dividend of $1.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.6%. EssilorLuxottica Société anonyme pays an annual dividend of $1.06 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. ITOCHU distributes 17.0% of its profits as a dividend.

Risk and Volatility

ITOCHU has a beta of 0.51, indicating that its stock price is 49% less volatile than the S&P 500. In comparison, EssilorLuxottica Société anonyme has a beta of 1.02, indicating that its stock price is 2% more volatile than the S&P 500.


ITOCHU is ahead of EssilorLuxottica Société anonyme on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two values.

About ITOCHU (Get a rating)

ITOCHU Corporation engages in trade and import/export of various products worldwide. The Company’s Textile segment produces and sells apparel fibers and materials, textile fabrics, garments and industrial materials; and imports lifestyle brands, fashion accessories and apparel in various fields, such as luxury, casual and sports. Its Machinery segment provides engineering, procurement and construction services; operates water and environmental, infrastructure, renewable energy, oil and gas, petrochemical, and independent power generation projects and plants; sells and leases aircraft and related equipment; sells automobiles, construction machinery, electronic systems, industrial machinery and medical devices; and owns and charters ships. The Company’s Metals and Minerals segment develops iron ore, coal, pig iron, etc. ; iron ore, coal, aluminum, uranium, base and minor metals and non-ferrous products; and the processing and trade of steel products. Its Energy and Chemicals segment trades in crude oil, petroleum products, LPG, LNG, natural gas, hydrogen, organic and inorganic chemicals, synthetic resins, household items, fine chemicals, pharmaceuticals, electronic materials, energy and others. The Company’s food segment produces, distributes and retails food products. Its General Products & Realty segment produces and sells paper, pulp, natural rubber, tires and wood products and materials; develops and operates real estate, such as housing, logistics facilities and other projects; and provides logistics services. The Company’s ICT & Financial Business segment offers IT solutions, Internet-related and venture capital services, mobile phone equipment and services, BPO, broadcast and communication services, entertainment and content, outsourcing services for health care and preventive medicine, as well as financial and insurance brokerage services. The company was founded in 1858 and is based in Tokyo, Japan.

About EssilorLuxottica Société anonyme (Get a rating)

EssilorLuxottica Société anonyme designs, manufactures and distributes ophthalmic lenses, frames and sunglasses in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Oceania and Africa. It operates in five segments: Wholesale, Retail, Optical Glasses and Instruments, Equipment, Sunglasses and Readers. The Wholesale segment is engaged in the manufacture and wholesale distribution of luxury and sports eyewear. The Retail segment retails luxury and sports eyewear. The Lenses and Optical Instruments segment offers lenses and small equipment, including Varilux progressive lenses; Anti-reflective, anti-smudge and anti-static Crizal lenses; Transitions photochromic lenses; Eyezen lenses for users of computers, tablets, smartphones and other connected devices; Xperio polarized sunglasses; and brands of corrective lenses Nikon and Kodak. It also provides lens cutting and mounting instruments for opticians and prescription laboratories; optometry instruments for eye care professionals, schools, occupational medicine centers, military and other institutions; and the Transitions Signature Gen 8 photochromic lens, as well as developing solutions for the online sale of optical products. The Equipment segment offers digital surfacing machines and lens coating machines to prescription laboratories, integrated optical chains and lens manufacturers. The Sunglasses and Reading Glasses segment provides non-prescription sunglasses and reading glasses under the Foster Grant, Gargoyles, Magnivision, Corinne McCormack, Monkey Monkey, Ryders Eyewear and SolarShield brands; Reebok, Steve Madden, Betsey Johnson, Nine West, Dockers, French Connection, Ironman, Rawlings, Bodyglove, Panama Jack, Marvel and Disney; the Bolon, Molsion, Qina and Prosun brands; and the Mujosh and Aojo brands. It has a network of 490 prescription laboratories and cutting-assembly workshops. The company was previously known as Essilor International Société Anonyme and changed its name to EssilorLuxottica Société anonyme in October 2018. EssilorLuxottica Société anonyme was founded in 1849 and is headquartered in Paris, France.

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