) rallied 15% on the index following the completion of earlier
announced $150 million financing deal with Sycamore Partners. The
deal will bail out the beleaguered teen apparel retailer by
mitigating any chances of near term liquidity crisis.
Aeropostale witnessed its cash reserves fall 83.5% year over year
to $24.5 million as of May 3, 2014, that could have resulted in
potential cash crunch.
In Mar 2014, Aeropostale inked the strategic deal with Sycamore
Partners and its affiliates. As per the deal, Aeropostale will have
access to $150 million worth of credit facility, which comprises
five-year $100 million term loan facility and a ten-year $50
million term loan facility.
The deal also includes a sourcing arrangement with MGF Sourcing,
one of the associates of Sycamore. The deal will allow Sycamore to
acquire up to 5% of common stock at $7.25 per share (closing price
on Mar 12, 2014).
Moreover, through sourcing agreement with MGF sourcing, Aeropostale
has committed to buy the minimum merchandise each year for a
decade. By fulfilling the minimum buying requirement, Aeropostale
will have all its amortization payments, related to the credit
financing, rebated in full.
Also, the company appointed two new members namely Stefan Kaluzny,
managing director at Sycamore and Julian Geiger, former Chairman
and CEO of Aeropostale, to its board of directors.
Aeropostale has been disappointing on the earnings front for
sometime now. Aeropostale along with its peers
American Eagle Outfitters, Inc.
Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
) has been under tremendous pressure as the teen retail environment
Aeropostale has posted losses for five consecutive quarters. In the
most recent concluded quarter, this Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) stock
posted loss of 52 cents, narrower than the Zacks Consensus Estimate
of a loss of 72 cents, but wider year over year. Sales plunged 12%
to $395.9 million and missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate as well.
Comparable-store sales (comps) declined 13% year over year versus a
14% fall last year.
Going forward, the company plans to remain focused on undertaking
initiatives to transform and grow its brand. With sustained
implementation of operational, marketing and merchandising
strategies, coupled with its cost-curtailment program, Aeropostale
is likely to improve in the long term.
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A better-ranked stock in the same industry is
Citi Trends, Inc.
), with a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).
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