Will Steve Madden (SHOO) Stock be Hurt by This Downgrade Today?

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Steve Madden (SHOO) shares are flat in pre-market trading on Wednesday after the private label shoe retailer was downgraded to "neutral" from "buy" by analysts at Goldman Sachs today. 

The firm also set a 12 month price target of $31 on the company's shares, a potential 4.7% downside from the stock's previous closing price of $32.53.

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Analysts at the firm believe that the company is experiencing weaker fashion trends and that the shoe's brand is becoming less popular when compared with its high end peers.

The company released its third quarter results in October, reporting declines in net income and revenue from the same period the previous year.

TheStreet Ratings team rates MADDEN STEVEN LTD as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate MADDEN STEVEN LTD (SHOO) a BUY. This is driven by some important positives, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • SHOO has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign. To add to this, SHOO has a quick ratio of 2.18, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 188.19% to $6.24 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, MADDEN STEVEN LTD has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 1.98%.
  • 35.56% is the gross profit margin for MADDEN STEVEN LTD which we consider to be strong. Regardless of SHOO's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 9.88% trails the industry average.
  • SHOO, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 16.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 0.7%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: SHOO Ratings Report
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