Stage Stores (NYSE: SSI) is one of 37 publicly-traded companies in the “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Stage Stores to similar businesses based on the strength of its earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, risk, dividends and profitability.

Risk and Volatility

Stage Stores has a beta of 1.02, meaning that its stock price is 2% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Stage Stores’ competitors have a beta of 0.78, meaning that their average stock price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings for Stage Stores and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Stage Stores 1 2 0 0 1.67
Stage Stores Competitors 607 3140 2939 91 2.37

Stage Stores presently has a consensus price target of $2.00, suggesting a potential upside of 6.38%. As a group, “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” companies have a potential upside of 6.93%. Given Stage Stores’ competitors stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Stage Stores has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Profitability

This table compares Stage Stores and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Stage Stores -3.27% -7.78% -3.29%
Stage Stores Competitors 1.14% -1.84% 3.82%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Stage Stores and its competitors revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Stage Stores $1.46 billion $29.42 million -1.07
Stage Stores Competitors $3.36 billion $449.79 million 21.72

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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

62.2% of Stage Stores shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 75.2% of shares of all “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” companies are owned by institutional investors. 7.4% of Stage Stores shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 16.6% of shares of all “Apparel & Accessories Retailers” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Stage Stores pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 10.6%. Stage Stores pays out -11.4% 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 55.5% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Stage Stores has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years. Stage Stores is clearly a better dividend stock than its competitors, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Summary

Stage Stores competitors beat Stage Stores on 11 of the 14 factors compared.

About Stage Stores

Stage Stores, Inc. operates specialty department stores mainly in small and mid-sized towns and communities. The Company’s department stores offer a range of brand name and private label apparel, accessories, cosmetics, footwear and home goods. The Company operates approximately 830 specialty department stores in over 40 states under the BEALLS, GOODY’S, PALAIS ROYAL, PEEBLES and STAGE nameplates and a direct-to-consumer business. The Company’s direct-to-consumer business consists of its e-commerce Website and Send program. The Company’s e-commerce Website includes a range of merchandise categories found in its stores, as well as other product offerings. The Company’s in-store Send program allows customers to have merchandise shipped directly to their homes if the preferred size or color is not available in their local store. The Company’s private label portfolio brands are developed and sourced through agreements with third-party vendors.

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