Stein Mart (NASDAQ: SMRT) is one of 38 public companies in the “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Stein Mart to similar companies based on the strength of its risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, earnings and dividends.

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 -1.89% -34.59% -4.43%
Stein Mart Competitors 2.22% 4.28% 5.03%

Risk and Volatility

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 0.74, suggesting that their average share price is 26% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

33.0% of Stein Mart shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 75.4% 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 large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Stein Mart pays an annual dividend of $0.15 per share and has a dividend yield of 14.4%. Stein Mart pays out -27.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” companies pay a dividend yield of 3.1% and pay out 55.8% 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Stein Mart and its rivals, as provided 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 517 2994 2916 84 2.39

As a group, “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” companies have a potential upside of 9.36%. Given Stein Mart’s rivals higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Stein Mart has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Stein Mart $1.36 billion $400,000.00 -1.89
Stein Mart Competitors $3.99 billion $181.38 million 21.14

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.

Summary

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

About Stein Mart

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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