Contrasting Designer Brands (DBI) & Genesco (GCO)

Genesco (NYSE:GCO) and Designer Brands (NYSE:DBI) are both small-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, profitability, risk, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Genesco and Designer Brands, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Genesco 0 5 0 0 2.00
Designer Brands 0 0 0 1 4.00

Genesco currently has a consensus target price of $42.00, suggesting a potential downside of 2.96%. Designer Brands has a consensus target price of $23.00, suggesting a potential downside of 0.35%. Given Designer Brands’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Designer Brands is more favorable than Genesco.


Designer Brands pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.3%. Genesco does not pay a dividend. Designer Brands pays out 60.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


This table compares Genesco and Designer Brands’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Genesco -1.93% 7.52% 4.58%
Designer Brands -0.64% 14.76% 9.03%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Genesco and Designer Brands’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Genesco $2.19 billion 0.36 -$51.93 million $3.28 13.20
Designer Brands $3.18 billion 0.58 -$20.47 million $1.66 13.90

Designer Brands has higher revenue and earnings than Genesco. Genesco is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Designer Brands, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

84.6% of Designer Brands shares are owned by institutional investors. 4.3% of Genesco shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 16.7% of Designer Brands shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

Genesco has a beta of 0.71, indicating that its share price is 29% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Designer Brands has a beta of 1.09, indicating that its share price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500.


Designer Brands beats Genesco on 14 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Genesco

Genesco Inc. retails and wholesales footwear, apparel, and accessories. The company operates in five segments: Journeys Group, Schuh Group, Lids Sports Group, Johnston & Murphy Group, and Licensed Brands. The Journeys Group segment offers footwear and accessories through the Journeys, Journeys Kidz, Shi by Journeys, and Little Burgundy retail chains, as well as through e-commerce and catalogs for young men, women, and children. The Schuh Group segment operates Schuh retail footwear stores that offer casual and athletic footwear for men and women, as well as sells footwear through e-commerce. The Lids Sports Group segment operates headwear and accessory stores under the Lids name; Lids Locker Room and Lids Clubhouse stores, which offers headwear, apparel, accessories, and novelties from an assortment of college and professional teams; and Locker Room by Lids leased departments in Macy's department stores that sell headwear, apparel, accessories, and novelties from an assortment of college and professional teams, as well as sells through The Johnston & Murphy Group segment is involved in retail, e-commerce, and catalog operations; and wholesale distribution of footwear, apparel, and accessories primarily for men. It also offers footwear and leather accessories under the Trask brand through retailers and department stores, an e-commerce Website, and catalog. The Licensed Brands segment markets casual footwear under the Dockers brand for men. As of March 15, 2018, the company operated approximately 2,675 retail stores and leased departments in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, and Germany. Its Internet websites include,,,,,,,,,,,, and Genesco Inc. was founded in 1924 and is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee.

About Designer Brands

Designer Brands Inc. designs, producers, and retails footwear and accessories for women, men, and kids primarily in North America. It operates through three segments: The U.S. Retail, the Canada Retail, and the Brand Portfolio. The company also provides handbags, hosiery, jewelry, and other accessories. The company offers its products under the Vince Camuto, Louise et Cie, Sole Society, CC Corso Como, Enzo Angiolini, Jessica Simpson, Lucky, and other brands. It operates and e-commerce sites. As of March 21, 2019, it operated a portfolio of retail stores in approximately 1,000 locations. Designer Brands Inc. is based in Columbus, Ohio.

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