This column was originally published on RealMoney on June 22 at 9:59 a.m. EDT. It's being republished as a bonus for TheStreet.com readers.
. The turn is for real. Next week, we will have
report, and I think after it does, you will see Rite Aid in a better light. Why the turn? Because Rite Aid still reflects bankruptcy risk, and that's a mistake. Its viability is no longer in question and it reaffirmed earnings per share guidance and
revenue guidance. This company still has a monster amount of revenue: $17 billion.
Plus, Rite Aid did have positive same-store growth of 3.6%; not bad for a company that used to have nothing like that.
I just have to believe you can win two ways with this one. You could get a takeover, and in the meantime it could percolate along on its own. It is true that the stock is up 31% this year versus a much more muted 13% gain for
and a slight decrease for best of breed Walgreens. But year over year, Rite Aid's stock has gone
10%, even though the viability is now clear. That seems wrong to me.
This stock suffers from
-itis. Some people think it is forever corrupt, even though all its people are new. Sure, the expenses were a little high, so margins went down -- heck, only by about a half of a percentage point. But that can be fixed. Remember when that happened for
last year and when it got it together? You caught 10 points.
On a percentage basis, I think Rite Aid can pull it off, too. And if it can't, unlike Best Buy, someone else will.
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