Aeropostale (NYSE:ARO)

CAPS Rating: 2 out of 5

The Company is a mall-based specialty retailer of casual apparel and accessories. The Company designs, markets and sells its own brand of merchandise principally targeting 11 to 18 year-old young women and young men.

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Member Avatar zharriott (61.41) Submitted: 7/28/2014 1:58:53 PM : Outperform Start Price: $3.18 ARO Score: +16.70

There isn't much to like about Aeropostale at this point...

It's no secret that the physical retail industry as a whole has taken a hit as a result proliferate e-commerce growth. This is a store with little to no brand appeal or strategy, and even less market power when it comes to product pricing. Their COGS have risen steadily over the last ten years which has eaten their margins and lowered their overall profitability. To make it worse, Mall traffic is on the decline which means less foot traffic and sales potential. People simply prefer to shop where the savings are, and this has been to the detriment of Aeropostale.

All this said, I must admit I'm on the fence as I put my pick in CAPS. The company generates no profit and seems to be headed into the ground making it a sell. However, I see back to school crowds potentially breathing some much needed life into this company. It's also pretty cheap at its 52 week of about $3.

I'll play this as a short term buy, but would never hold this long term.

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Member Avatar getrichdietrying (82.45) Submitted: 6/18/2014 4:14:46 AM : Outperform Start Price: $3.54 ARO Score: +3.07

buy out

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Member Avatar TMFWalter (39.16) Submitted: 6/17/2014 2:49:44 PM : Underperform Start Price: $3.52 ARO Score: -3.70

Teen retail... too much competition and too fickle of customers.

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Member Avatar BuffettJunior1 (97.59) Submitted: 5/27/2014 8:25:06 PM : Outperform Start Price: $3.89 ARO Score: -8.25

Likely over $10/sh by 2015.

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Member Avatar szett27 (88.88) Submitted: 5/27/2014 4:30:22 PM : Underperform Start Price: $3.89 ARO Score: +8.25

Higher SG&A, Lower Margins and the costs of closing stores all ensure that this stock will most likely do nothing and stagnant for at least the next few years. This could be a prime target for private equity investors as well.

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Member Avatar crazyidiot (69.18) Submitted: 4/11/2014 10:32:47 AM : Outperform Start Price: $4.56 ARO Score: -27.62

Don't catch falling knifes unless you are a trained professional.

You might get cut.

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Member Avatar CheerUp (72.22) Submitted: 2/2/2014 1:00:22 AM : Underperform Start Price: $7.07 ARO Score: +59.66

Hard to kick a dog when it's down so much, but I'll try. Mall store. Malls are dying. Huge losses backward and forward. May climb back in a year. $6 here we come.

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Member Avatar thefifth (< 20) Submitted: 11/8/2013 3:24:35 PM : Outperform Start Price: $8.72 ARO Score: -70.50

significantly undervalued by market.

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Member Avatar OptimistPrime (37.97) Submitted: 9/30/2013 10:45:19 AM : Outperform Start Price: $9.44 ARO Score: -79.61

Q3 numbers were bad, but I like the value now. I generally don't like stocks with negative profits, but ARO has a history of profitability, very low price to sales, low debt, and better revenue than companies with twice its market cap. And, we're coming into profitable season for clothing retailers, so I think there's at least a 20% upside

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Member Avatar thebyp (< 20) Submitted: 12/26/2012 9:43:49 PM : Outperform Start Price: $12.50 ARO Score: -111.49

They have the free cash to react to next spring market. They will do good in slow recovery

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Member Avatar Dougdstecklein (59.55) Submitted: 11/5/2012 11:37:02 AM : Outperform Start Price: $13.99 ARO Score: -115.03

There is fundamentally nothing wrong with this company and it sits at the bottom of it's trading range. There is a pattern to this stock: every Fall the stock price increases until Spring of the following year.

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Member Avatar campwt00global (35.64) Submitted: 9/26/2012 1:34:37 PM : Outperform Start Price: $13.53 ARO Score: -111.87

daily stock suggestion

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Member Avatar TMFtheEdge (99.12) Submitted: 8/23/2012 1:15:57 AM : Outperform Start Price: $24.01 ARO Score: -140.01

From LeKitKat
http://caps.fool.com/Blogs/aeropostale-could-have-been/756846

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Member Avatar lamborghini222 (< 20) Submitted: 2/7/2012 11:02:12 AM : Outperform Start Price: $16.46 ARO Score: -126.33

Aero continues to rise in popularity. I feel like it is a trend setting company and will continue to become better and better.

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Member Avatar SWhennen (52.26) Submitted: 1/10/2012 8:11:33 AM : Outperform Start Price: $16.32 ARO Score: -132.09

Looking at the 2Y History, it looks like ARO is having a pretty steady climb upward for a good kick start to the new year.

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Member Avatar MizzouEric (74.36) Submitted: 12/19/2011 12:03:23 PM : Outperform Start Price: $15.09 ARO Score: -140.91

Undervalued. $1.2 Billion Market Cap with $400M assets and ~$380M annual earnings.

Growing - Cheap copycat styles for kids/teens are only going to see growth in sales

Competitive Advantage? Not much other than price and ability to quickly mimic higher priced competitors

Management - Like the fact they are buying stock back at low levels.

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Member Avatar n00bsRules (< 20) Submitted: 11/15/2011 9:38:26 PM : Outperform Start Price: $16.64 ARO Score: -138.22

Steady management, very popular among teens, room for growth.

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Member Avatar jclawsonPHN (67.21) Submitted: 10/25/2011 11:37:04 AM : Outperform Start Price: $14.15 ARO Score: -135.45

Solid company, will do well when consumers are looking for good clothes at low prices.

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Member Avatar jbeede (< 20) Submitted: 10/24/2011 8:13:17 PM : Outperform Start Price: $14.39 ARO Score: -134.59

Caters to a high demand market that spends. Employees are typically members of the Aro target market--employees give (low) wages back to Aro in exchange for "Aro cool" high ROI clothing.

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Member Avatar Brent299 (< 20) Submitted: 9/22/2011 3:16:15 AM : Outperform Start Price: $9.53 ARO Score: -137.80

valuation play, low pe 5.5 with no debt.

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