Why Aeropostale (ARO) Stock Is Gaining Today

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Aeropostale Inc. (ARO) are higher by 11.88% to $3.62 in mid-morning trading on Tuesday, following yesterday afternoon's announcement that Julian Geiger would be returning to the struggling company as CEO, in order to attempt to turn the company around following six straight quarters of losses, Bloomberg reported.

The current CEO of the kids and teens clothing retailer, Thomas Johnson, agreed to step down as director and CEO, the company said, as Aeropostale attempts regain profits.

In April, the company announced the closing of 125 of its P.S Kids stores, which cut almost 100 jobs, Bloomberg added.
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Aeropostale also issued an update on its second quarter 2014 outlook, expecting an operating loss of approximately -$61 million to -$64 million, translating to a net loss in the range of -80 cents to -83 cents per diluted share.

The company's adjusted operating loss is forecast to be between -$36 million to -38 million, or -42 cents to -45 cents per diluted share, compared to Aeropostale's previous guidance of losses in the range of -$49 million to -$54 million, or -55 cents to -61 cents per diluted share.

Aeropostale will announce its second quarter earnings results on Thursday, August 21 after the close.

Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates AEROPOSTALE INC as a Sell with a ratings score of D-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate AEROPOSTALE INC (ARO) a SELL. This is driven by a few notable 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, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself."

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 Specialty Retail industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 531.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$12.17 million to -$76.78 million.
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Specialty Retail industry and the overall market, AEROPOSTALE INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for AEROPOSTALE INC is rather low; currently it is at 21.57%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -19.39% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to -$77.61 million or 19.95% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 74.77%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 512.50% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: ARO Ratings Report

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