Ascena Retail Group (NASDAQ:ASNA)

CAPS Rating: 4 out of 5

The Company and its wholly-owned subsidiaries operate a chain of women's apparel specialty stores, operating principally under the names 'dressbarn' and 'dressbarn woman'.

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Member Avatar AnsgarJohn (98.89) Submitted: 10/16/2014 4:58:09 PM : Outperform Start Price: $11.97 ASNA Score: +1.54

American C&A selling near book value

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SECTOR: [PASS]

ASNA is neither a technology nor financial Company, and therefore this methodology is applicable.

SALES: [PASS]

The investor must select companies of "adequate size". This includes companies with annual sales greater than $340 million. ASNA's sales of $4,790.6 million, based on trailing 12 month sales, pass this test.

CURRENT RATIO: [FAIL]

The current ratio must be greater than or equal to 2. Companies that meet this criterion are typically financially secure and defensive. ASNA's current ratio of 1.46 fails the test.

LONG-TERM DEBT IN RELATION TO NET CURRENT ASSETS: [PASS]

For industrial companies, long-term debt must not exceed net current assets (current assets minus current liabilities). Companies that meet this criterion display one of the attributes of a financially secure organization. The long-term debt for ASNA is $172.0 million, while the net current assets are $291.7 million. ASNA passes this test.

LONG-TERM EPS GROWTH: [PASS]

Companies must increase their EPS by at least 30% over a ten-year period and EPS must not have been negative for any year within the last 5 years. Companies with this type of growth tend to be financially secure and have proven themselves over time. ASNA's EPS growth over that period of 127.8% passes the EPS growth test.

P/E RATIO: [PASS]

The Price/Earnings (P/E) ratio, based on the greater of the current PE or the PE using average earnings over the last 3 fiscal years, must be "moderate", which this methodology states is not greater than 15. Stocks with moderate P/Es are more defensive by nature. ASNA's P/E of 14.13 (using the current PE) passes this test.

PRICE/BOOK RATIO: [PASS]

The Price/Book ratio must also be reasonable. That is, the Price/Book multiplied by P/E cannot be greater than 22. ASNA's Price/Book ratio is 1.10, while the P/E is 14.13. ASNA passes the Price/Book test.

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Member Avatar map2ndset (23.86) Submitted: 8/4/2013 8:27:43 PM : Outperform Start Price: $18.64 ASNA Score: -49.98

My 8 year old's favorite store is Justice. Watching this one.

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Member Avatar PrototypeZ (29.33) Submitted: 1/10/2013 10:21:47 AM : Outperform Start Price: $16.35 ASNA Score: -59.82

Double down that these guys are going to make some good money over the next two years

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Member Avatar PQFoolish (< 20) Submitted: 9/7/2012 1:21:08 AM : Outperform Start Price: $20.67 ASNA Score: -79.48

I calculate that this stock will increase by 14% in 2013....interested to know if my limited experience, leveraged with a overwhelming need to understand and learn, reading and re-reading, spreadsheet after spreadsheet ever changing as the hours go by are anywhere close. (....don't say "bless her heart"....I am too afraid to throw out the stocks that made me wonder if I've lost my mathematical mind...) :)

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Member Avatar dahlian (38.07) Submitted: 6/9/2012 3:42:57 AM : Outperform Start Price: $19.26 ASNA Score: -85.31

Based on Jim Cramer 6/7/12 rec

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Member Avatar echofarmer (99.33) Submitted: 5/10/2012 9:16:03 PM : Outperform Start Price: $8.14 ASNA Score: +13.66

ASNA has cleaned up its balance sheet completely. Great FCF numbers and strong growth. Assuming a smooth acquisition of Charming, there's still plenty of upside in this stock.

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Member Avatar Bt9999 (< 20) Submitted: 4/14/2012 12:19:50 AM : Outperform Start Price: $21.19 ASNA Score: -87.52

My kid and her friends love the brand

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Member Avatar gtfann (99.18) Submitted: 9/30/2011 10:33:24 AM : Outperform Start Price: $4.95 ASNA Score: +27.68

Ascena has a more fashionable, high value, customer service oriented strategy that focuses on three non-competitive niches:
Justice - tween (age 7-14) fashion specialties
Maurices - small market fashion (age 17-34)
Dressbarn - career and casual fashions for the working woman (age 35-54)

Justice is about to pass Target and is second to Walmart in market share in spite of higher prices.

Maurices leads its peer group in comp sales at 12%.

Unfortunately, Dressbarn is the laggard of the 3 with comp sales at 1%. Dressbarn suffers from a middle of the road price and fashion so it gets it from all sides. However, since it is also the smallest (16% contribution to operating income), Ascena is still an attractive buy.

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Member Avatar beadnell (94.07) Submitted: 8/4/2011 9:06:38 AM : Outperform Start Price: $15.61 ASNA Score: -81.23

I don't know much about this, but the P/E looks affordable, and Tom likes it, so I bet it can earn me some CAPS points.

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Member Avatar HUGO55 (< 20) Submitted: 6/18/2011 9:40:15 PM : Outperform Start Price: $15.95 ASNA Score: -80.16

TEENS NEED A GOOD PLACE TO SHOP

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Member Avatar MechanicalBull1 (80.71) Submitted: 3/14/2011 12:25:02 PM : Outperform Start Price: $15.21 ASNA Score: -72.66

valueline rank = 1

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Member Avatar 5Curious (50.28) Submitted: 2/7/2011 8:52:19 PM : Outperform Start Price: $14.82 ASNA Score: -66.95

I love Justice!

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Member Avatar landoncz (22.03) Submitted: 7/14/2010 7:52:30 AM : Outperform Start Price: $12.59 ASNA Score: -83.72

Made a boat-load in this when it was TWB. DBRN has the tween market seemingly locked-up for now with JUSTICE. Dress Barn stores are also good for today's more value-conscious shopper. Lot of potential for expansion and growth, hope management can execute.

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Member Avatar MIKEYFOOL100 (< 20) Submitted: 12/29/2009 10:44:56 AM : Outperform Start Price: $11.70 ASNA Score: -69.70

The addition of Tween Brands will add to the bottom line. Very popular with several of my neices.

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Member Avatar longterm90 (< 20) Submitted: 11/28/2009 7:43:53 AM : Outperform Start Price: $10.92 ASNA Score: -67.18

The Tween Brands merger will help DBRN's bottom line.

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Member Avatar broker7005 (26.11) Submitted: 6/19/2009 9:12:56 PM : Outperform Start Price: $6.62 ASNA Score: -26.86

bull

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Member Avatar bryan3star (95.76) Submitted: 12/4/2008 8:02:23 PM : Outperform Start Price: $3.41 ASNA Score: +136.80

DBRN will outperform the market over the next couple of months to a year.
- It’s P/E is lower than the majority of its peer group
- Over the past year, it has produced strong relative performance
- October 25th interim earnings were above expectations
- Although earnings for 2009 are expected to decline 14% … it is oversold

DBRN price direction and volatility are only partially the result of its actual performance. The strongest influence is the general perception of its industry right now. However, its overall financial quality is better than that of its peers. It has 95% institutional ownership because of these strong fundamentals.

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Member Avatar endeepatel (< 20) Submitted: 6/1/2008 7:13:18 PM : Outperform Start Price: $7.75 ASNA Score: +18.59

Dress Barn Inc long term indicators turn positive and Thursday DBRN given a up side brack out with good volume and momentum turn positive,Its ready to go next level, For more information visite http://my.flyingstock.com/RSSDetail.aspx?id=399

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Member Avatar Smiley81 (< 20) Submitted: 4/29/2008 11:09:52 AM : Outperform Start Price: $7.01 ASNA Score: +36.38

$18+/share

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Member Avatar BAMBIALLDONE (37.81) Submitted: 3/25/2008 10:43:57 AM : Outperform Start Price: $6.83 ASNA Score: +35.53

GOOD FUTURE

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