Will Kohl’s New CEO Improve Its Performance?

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Will Kohl’s New CEO Improve Its Performance? PART 4 OF 6

Analyzing How Kohl’s Rewards Its Investors

Total return

Kohl’s (KSS) has generated a total return of -3.0% on a YTD (year-to-date) basis as of September 26, 2017. Kohl’s stock has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, which has delivered a total return of 13.2% on a YTD basis.

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Peers’ total returns

The total return or total shareholder return takes into account the appreciation in a company’s stock price and returns in the form of dividends.

As of September 26, Macy’s (M), Nordstrom (JWN), and JCPenney have delivered total returns of -35.8%, 1.5%, and -52.1%, respectively, YTD. These department store stocks have also underperformed the S&P 500 Index on a YTD basis.

As we mentioned in Part 1 of this series, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Nordstrom, and JCPenney’s stock prices have fallen 6.3%, 38.9%, 0.8%, and 52.1%, respectively, on a YTD basis as of September 26.

Dividend yield

As we mentioned earlier, dividends are one of the components of a stock’s total return. A company’s dividend yield is calculated by dividing its annual dividend by the current stock price.

As of September 26, Kohl’s dividend yield was 4.8%. Macy’s and Nordstrom had a dividend yield of 6.9% and 3.1%, respectively. Currently, JCPenney doesn’t distribute any dividends. In February 2017, Kohl’s announced a 10.0% rise in its quarterly cash dividend to $0.55 per share. Overall, the company has paid dividends of $186 million in 1H17.

In the next part, we’ll discuss Kohl’s valuation.


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