Stein Mart, Inc. (NASDAQ:SMRT)
Stein Mart, Inc. (NASDAQ:SMRT) shares are down over 5% in early trading but have rebounded from the day’s lows after the company released their Q2 financial results. Trading volume is moderately heavy. Importantly, there is a large short-selling position which accounts for over 25% of the stock’s float.
The drop in shares of Stein Mart, Inc. (NASDAQ:SMRT) was motivated by a reported decrease in total sales of 2.7% while comparable store sales decreased 5.0 %. Those sales resulted in a loss of (-$0.28) per diluted share of $0.28 compared to diluted earnings per share of $0.06 in 2016. Average store inventories were posted at 15 percent lower than at the same time last year.
Headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, Stein Mart, Inc. (NASDAQ:SMRT) is a national clothing and household product retailer. Stein Mart offer an experience that is more upscale than other discount retailers, with a focus on ease-of-shopping, service and presentation of merchandise by category, brand, style and size. Stein Mart’s target customer is both style conscious and value seeking with above-average household income. Stein Mart operates nearly 300 stores in 31 states.
Stein Mart, Inc. (NASDAQ:SMRT) was trading north of $12 in 2015 but the shares have been in freefall since late 2016. YTD SMRT stock is down over 77% and down over 85% for the year. Shares are receiving support at the $1 level. Sales have marginally improved over the years but have been flat the last two years at $1.36 billion. Meanwhile there was a major drop in earnings per share. In 2015 EPS was $0.60, then for 2016 it was $0.52. Those figures were followed by an EPS of just $0.01 for 2017.
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About the author: Marc has a degree in economics and a MSc. in Finance. Over his 20-year career, Marc has worked for global investment firms in Europe and the United States as an analyst, fund manager, and consultant.