Stein Mart (NASDAQ: SMRT) and Foot Locker (NYSE:FL) are both cyclical consumer goods & services companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and risk.


Stein Mart pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 13.0%. Foot Locker pays an annual dividend of $1.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.6%. Stein Mart pays out -12.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Foot Locker pays out 31.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Stein Mart has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years. Stein Mart is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Stein Mart and Foot Locker, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Stein Mart 0 0 0 0 N/A
Foot Locker 1 10 15 0 2.54

Foot Locker has a consensus target price of $56.12, suggesting a potential upside of 16.50%. Given Foot Locker’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Foot Locker is more favorable than Stein Mart.


This table compares Stein Mart and Foot Locker’s 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%
Foot Locker 6.79% 19.96% 14.29%

Risk and Volatility

Stein Mart has a beta of 0.3, suggesting that its share price is 70% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Foot Locker has a beta of 0.8, suggesting that its share price is 20% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Stein Mart and Foot Locker’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Stein Mart $1.36 billion 0.02 $400,000.00 ($0.62) -0.99
Foot Locker $7.77 billion 0.75 $664.00 million $3.97 12.13

Foot Locker has higher revenue and earnings than Stein Mart. Stein Mart is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Foot Locker, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

19.1% of Stein Mart shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 92.4% of Foot Locker shares are owned by institutional investors. 34.7% of Stein Mart shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.7% of Foot Locker shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


Foot Locker beats Stein Mart on 12 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

Foot Locker Company Profile

Foot Locker, Inc. is a retailer of shoes and apparel. The Company operates through two segments: Athletic Stores and Direct-to-Customers. The Company is an athletic footwear and apparel retailer, which include businesses, such as include Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, Champs Sports, Footaction, Runners Point, Sidestep and SIX:02. The Direct-to-Customers segment is multi-branded and sells directly to customers through Internet and mobile sites and catalogs. The Direct-to-Customers segment operates the Websites for,, and Additionally, this segment includes the Websites, both desktop and mobile, aligned with the brand names of its store banners (,,,,,,, and

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