Stein Mart (NASDAQ: SMRT) is one of 31 publicly-traded companies in the “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Stein Mart to related businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, earnings, risk, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Stein Mart and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Stein Mart 0 0 0 0 N/A
Stein Mart Competitors 522 3076 2961 86 2.39

As a group, “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” companies have a potential upside of 5.53%. Given Stein Mart’s rivals higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Stein Mart has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

19.7% of Stein Mart shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 73.5% of shares of all “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” companies are held by institutional investors. 34.7% of Stein Mart shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 16.4% of shares of all “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Stein Mart and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Stein Mart $1.36 billion $400,000.00 -1.90
Stein Mart Competitors $3.99 billion $181.38 million 969.36

Stein Mart’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Stein Mart. Stein Mart is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Stein Mart and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Stein Mart -2.18% -44.60% -5.30%
Stein Mart Competitors 2.23% 6.10% 6.61%

Dividends

Stein Mart pays an annual dividend of $0.15 per share and has a dividend yield of 12.7%. Stein Mart pays out -24.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.6% and pay out 56.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Stein Mart is clearly a better dividend stock than its rivals, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Volatility & Risk

Stein Mart has a beta of 0.74, suggesting that its share price is 26% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Stein Mart’s rivals have a beta of 0.79, suggesting that their average share price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Stein Mart rivals beat Stein Mart on 8 of the 11 factors compared.

Stein Mart Company Profile

Stein Mart, Inc. is a national retailer offering the fashion merchandise, service and presentation of a department or specialty store. The Company offers apparel for women and men, as well as accessories, shoes and home fashions. The Company’s target customers are women over 45 years old. The Company operates approximately 280 stores in over 30 states and an Internet store. Its stores are located in the Northeast, Midwest, Southeast, Texas and the Southwest. It is concentrated in the Southeast and Texas where over 180 of its stores are located. The Company’s stores offer a range of services, such as merchandise locator service, a Preferred Customer program, co-branded and private label credit card programs, and electronic gift cards. The Company’s merchants purchase products from approximately 1,200 vendors. It leases all of its store locations, generally for approximately 10 years with options to extend the lease term for over two or five year periods.

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