Retail Veteran Joins Rite Aid (RAD) Exec Team

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Rite Aid (RAD) announced Monday it had hired retail veteran David Abelman in the newly created position of senior vice president of brand development and innovation. His appointment to the role is effective immediately.

As SVP, Abelman will oversee the development of Rite Aid branded products and identify new opportunities to grow.

"David is a seasoned retail professional who brings broad-based marketing, merchandising and entrepreneurial experience to Rite Aid," said president and COO Ken Martindale in a statement.

Abelman has over 25 years of experience in the industry, most recently as CEO and co-founder of start-up Self-Health Nation, a nutrition and health omni-channel business.

Third largest U.S. drugstore chain Rite Aid will report its fourth quarter before the bell Thursday, April 10. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters forecast net income of 4 cents a share and revenue of $6.54 billion.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates RITE AID CORP as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate RITE AID CORP (RAD) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed ? some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • RAD's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 6.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 1.9%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, RAD's share price has jumped by 270.85%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Regarding the stock's future course, our hold rating indicates that we do not recommend additional investment in this stock despite its gains in the past year.
  • RITE AID CORP's earnings per share declined by 42.9% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, RITE AID CORP turned its bottom line around by earning $0.12 versus -$0.42 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.22 versus $0.12).
  • The gross profit margin for RITE AID CORP is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 29.91%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 1.12% trails that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has declined marginally to $244.01 million or 9.12% when compared to the same quarter last year. In conjunction, when comparing current results to the industry average, RITE AID CORP has marginally lower results.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: RAD Ratings Report
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