Why American Apparel (APP) Is Moving in Pre-Market Activity Today

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- American Apparel  (APP) was a major mover in pre-market activity on Wednesday after news that Swiss asset management firm FiveT Capital has built a 12.69% stake in the clothing retailer.

American Apparel has accrued approximately $270 million in losses since the beginning of 2010  after it nearly doubled sales between 2006 and 2008.

The stock was up 10.42% to $0.53 before the opening bell on Wednesday.

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Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates AMERICAN APPAREL INC as a "sell" with a ratings score of D. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate AMERICAN APPAREL INC (APP) a SELL. This is driven by several weaknesses, which we believe should have a greater impact than any strengths, and could make it more difficult for investors to achieve positive results compared to most of the stocks we cover. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share."

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

  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Textiles, Apparel & Luxury Goods industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 845.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $4.90 million to -$36.57 million.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 75.02%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 925.00% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.
  • AMERICAN APPAREL INC has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, AMERICAN APPAREL INC reported poor results of -$1.10 versus -$0.35 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.21 versus -$1.10).
  • APP, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 14.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 2.3%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: APP Ratings Report

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Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.

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