DSW - Priced For Only Middling Success, Yet Exhibiting Growth

| About: DSW Inc. (DSW)


DSW is a great retailer earning $2.7B in sales during the trailing twelve months.

The pain for investors may not be over if operating results do not reverse trend.

DSW's price is near fair value, but in hindsight will appear very expensive if results don't improve this year.

Welcome. In this article we'll take a look at the challenged shoe retailer DSW Inc (NYSE:DSW).

Recent Events

BlackRock established a position of 4.5M shares during the last four months. DSW announced a new store opening in East Brunswick, NJ during the month of December.

DSW is growing its store locations at a strong pace. They opened more than 21 new stores during 2016, expanding from their operating footprint of 468 stores as declared in Fiscal 2015's 10-K.

There's definitely a growth narrative here as this brick-and-mortar shoe retailer seems to be focused on creating an in-store experience customers will miss if they look online for their next pair of footwear. In a first-of-its-kind retail experience customers can have 3D Printed shoes customized to their feed right in the store thanks to DSW's work with technology company Feetz.

It looks like DSW is doing it right. They're not a stalled department store which can't figure out how to make the shopping experienced interesting (cough, cough, Sears Holdings (NASDAQ:SHLD)). I like the growth story and the company's historical operating results display a good conversion rate of cash earned from shoe sales into free cash flow available for owners.

Stock Valuation

I directed the proprietary Faloh Investment Discounted Cash Flows Model to evaluate the company's Fair Value based on the growth plan this company is undertaking. This makes the result of the Fair Value subject to the economy cooperating reasonably well and consumer spending not drying up during an economic downturn. However I think the company's price level, at $20.50 today, is robust at this level and investors getting in today will do well over the long-term.

Here is the FI DCF Model's result for DSW's growth scenario:

All-in-all I like DSW because they're truly engaging with today's retail environment: Its all about the experience. Its beneficial the company can create a good experience for consumers without enormous regular expenses. Since they're focused on the shoe niche, they don't need to run Las Vegas-like shows with performers in the aisles of their shop, they just need to staff the Feetz Customized 3D Print booth and maintain an attractive store and culture among the personnel.

Price target: $36.56 with a horizon of 5 years, making for a compounded annual growth rate of 12%. DSW offers a dividend yield of 3.90%. Altogether DSW is an attractive, if somewhat speculative, investment opportunity.

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Source: Faloh Investment, YCharts

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