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Summary: Brown Shoe Co. Inc.
Standard & Poors, August 2005
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The speculative-grade rating on Brown Shoe Co. Inc. is based on the company's participation in the mature, competitive, and fragmented wholesale and retail footwear businesses, as well as low operating margins relative to those of its peers and substantial debt leverage. These factors are tempered by the St. Louis, Mo.-based company's good position as the largest specialty family footwear retailer and a diversified sourcing and wholesale customer base. Famous Footwear, which accounts for over half of Brown Shoe's revenues and operating profits, is the company's core retail operation. Following a period of flat to slightly negative same-store sales trends, Famous Footwear's operating performance is improving due to benefits from merchandising and operating efficiency initiatives, as well as store remodeling efforts....
Companies mentioned in this report are: Brown Shoe Co. Inc.
Brown Shoe Co. Inc.