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Goldman Sachs Upgrades Steven Madden (SHOO) from Sell to Buy

August 5, 2013 7:21 AM EDT Send to a Friend
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Price: $33.63 -0.65%

Rating Summary:
    10 Buy, 3 Hold, 0 Sell

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    Up: 14 | Down: 14 | New: 19
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Goldman Sachs upgraded Steven Madden (NASDAQ: SHOO) from Sell to Buy with a price target of $69.00 (from $43.00). Analyst Taposh Bari put focus on capital allocation.

"We believe the likelihood of shareholder value enhancing capital allocation is high at SHOO. The company’s capacity for such an event continues to grow with a 6% free cash flow yield and an overcapitalized balance sheet that now has 1.3x net cash/EBITDA. We think the recent continuation of share repurchase activity may be the tip of the iceberg. We believe more meaningful buybacks, dividends, and/or M&A are all likely uses. We believe the time is ripe given SHOO’s limited capital needs, a growing cash balance, and low interest rates," he said.

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Shares of Steven Madden closed at $53.31 yesterday.




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