ANN Inc.

  • Be Prepared to Fly High With This Company

    By Himanshu Poddar - March 14, 2013 | Tickers: ANN, FOSL, LTD

    All’s well that ends well. After a difficult and an unpredictable start to the year, 2012 brought a lot of mixed results to investors. In spite of various hurdles, many retail industry players managed to fight the tough environment by formulating varied strategies to keep attract as well as retain customers.

    Premium retailers such as Fossil (NASDAQ: FOSL), which initially felt the pinch of restrained consumer spending, ended up more »

  • This Stock Might be a Good Investment for the Next Season

    By Himanshu Poddar - March 11, 2013 | Tickers: ANN, ASNA, LTD

    There seems to be no end to sufferings. Each phase has its own set of problems for the retail industry. Because of the Euro crisis people were already budget conscious with little willingness to spend when Hurricane Sandy and higher taxes added to the woes. This led to even more difficult time for retailers, especially specialty retailers, leading to a weak holiday season.

    However, there have been instances where some more »

  • A Breakthrough Analysis of these Two Fashion Giants

    By Abir Karmakar - March 9, 2013 | Tickers: ANN, RL

    Today, corporate dress codes are not what they once were. That being said, there is still a sense of what constitutes appropriate dress in the corporate world. Ann, Inc. (NYSE: ANN) is a specialty retailer serving the needs of women for more than fifty years.

    Last year in October, I was pretty bullish for Ann Taylor’s common stock over that of Ralph Lauren (NYSE: RL). Since then, compared to more »

  • What Can We Expect from Ann Taylor’s Q4 Results?

    By Ashit Gulati - March 5, 2013 | Tickers: ANF, ANN, GPS

    On March 8, 2013 Ann Taylor (NYSE: ANN) is expected to release its Q4, 2012 results. I expect the company to continue exhibiting strong performance on the grounds of growth in online sales. The company has been at par with competitors with the pricing strategy during the first three quarters of 2012, in addition direct to consumer segment has responded better than expected. These factors underpin an average growth of more »

  • Fashion Labels for the Picking this Spring Break

    By Arturo Cuevas - March 3, 2013 | Tickers: ANN, KORS, RL

    It’s spring break again. So why not poke our divining rods into the suitcases of those students bound for their getaway playgrounds? What could be tucked within are some hot stock picks among premium fashion labels.

    Ralph Lauren (NYSE: RL) can easily be among our first finds. After all, this label ranks among the top 10 fashion brands most searched on the web search engine Bing in 2012, reports more »

  • Ralph Lauren, Underestimated and Undervalued

    By Shas Dey - February 18, 2013 | Tickers: ANN, PVH, RL

    Global Leader

    Ralph Lauren (NYSE: RL) is the market leader in design and distribution of high end premium products. The company reported total revenues of $6.9 billion and a net profit margin of approximately 10% last year. The company reported strong growth in the year 2010/11, however in 2012 the growth rate reduced to 4%. The growth rate was mainly hindered by a few store shutdowns in Asia more »

  • Ann Taylor has a Promising Outlook

    By Shas Dey - February 14, 2013 | Tickers: ARO, ANN, JNY

    Key revenue drivers

    Ann Inc (NYSE: ANN) owns a chain of retail stores, eCommerce platform and discount or economy stores in the U.S. (Ann Taylor factory outlets and LOFT stores.) Revenue generated through LOFT stores have been a major contributor to the total revenue of Ann Taylor over the past few years, and going forward we expect the upward trend to continue.  In the current state of the US more »

  • Is Francesca's a Retail Succss or Just a Fad?

    By Mark Holder - February 4, 2013 | Tickers: ANN, FRAN, URBN

    Based on research, Francesca’s Holdings (NASDAQ: FRAN) seems to be on a winning streak. The company started in 1999 in Houston and currently operates over 360 boutiques. The stores have a one of a kind upscale feel, caters to 18-35 year old women and allow managers to personalize each store providing the impression of individual stores.

    Francesca’s collection carries limited quantities of items to create a so-called treasure more »

  • Chico's: A SWOT Analysis

    By AnnaLisa Kraft - February 4, 2013 | Tickers: ANN, CHS, LTD

    Women's retail is a fickle business and several names have been struggling the last few years like Talbot's and Coldwater Creek. One name bucking the trend is their rival Chico's FAS (NYSE: CHS) a specialty retailer with four main brands under its fashion umbrella: White House/Black Market, Soma intimates, Boston Proper, and Chico's. Chico's operates 1355 stores in the US, Virgin Islands, and Puerto more »

  • Cheap, Quickly Growing Stocks for 2013 (Last Part)

    By Anh HOANG - January 4, 2013 | Tickers: ANN, FRAN, POZN, URBN

    This is the last article in my 3 part series about a growth portfolio with high return but cheaply valued stocks in 2013. I have talked about 4 stocks, each of which fits perfectly our four criteria: (1) more than 25% EPS growth, (2) more than 25% return on investment, (3) no long-term debt, and (4) below 1x Price-to-Earnings Growth ratio. Those already-covered stocks are Apple, American Public Education, Baidu more »

  • Insiders Are Going Shopping at Francesca’s

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - December 14, 2012 | Tickers: ANN, FRAN, LTD, KORS, ULTA

    Our database of insider trading filings shows three insiders at Francesca’s Holdings (NASDAQ: FRAN) buying the stock on December 12th at prices generally between $23.20 and $23.60. CEO John Merritt bought 10,000 shares, an executive vice president bought about 4,200 shares, and Neill Davis, the company’s president, purchased 3,000 shares. The stock had already seen a round of insider buying in September more »

  • Buy This Specialty Retailer for a High Growth Portfolio

    By Anh HOANG - December 12, 2012 | Tickers: ANN, FRAN, URBN

    Francesca’s Holdings Corp (NASDAQ: FRAN) just received the upgrade from Jefferies from Hold to Buy with a price target of $38 per share, due to its lower valuation, new management, and attractive operating characteristics. It is currently trading at only $23.83 per share. This means that Jefferies put a high price target of nearly 60% above its current price. It sounds attractive, so should we follow?

    Business overview more »

  • Limited Brands’ Benefits Are No More Limited

    By Himanshu Poddar - November 20, 2012 | Tickers: ANN, CWTR, LTD

    With the presidential election coming to an end, clouds of uncertainty have cleared. Investors have become more confident about how things will start taking shape. Also, people have started loosening up their wallets trying to come out of their shell of restricted spending. This is benefiting the retail industry, and specialty retail in particular. The results are evident by a stellar quarter posted by some of the industry's biggest more »

  • Does Chico's Deserve a Spot in Your Portfolio?

    By Brian Shaw - October 14, 2012 | Tickers: ANN, CHS, GPS, LTD, LULU

    In a recent post, I began the search for a solid retail company to add to my portfolio by focusing on stocks with "cheap" valuations.  There was clearly downside to each company identified, and none of them fit the Motley Fool mantra advising investors to "buy great businesses."  Today, this search continues with a look at a number of specialty retailers that focus primarily on women's apparel, including Chico more »

  • This Apparel Store Got an Insider Purchase

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - October 13, 2012 | Tickers: ANN, CHS, GPS, LTD, M

    According to a filing with the SEC, Ann (NYSE: ANN) board member Daniel Yih bought 5,400 shares of the stock on Oct. 5 at an average price of $37.02. This investment of about $200,000 gives Yih a total of about 23,600 shares of Ann, the women’s apparel retailer that owns the Ann Taylor and LOFT brands. Yih’s last purchase had been in April 2011 more »

  • Two Fashion Giants: Which Is More Profitable?

    By Abir Karmakar - October 9, 2012 | Tickers: ANN, CHS, LULU, PVH, RL

    Whenever we look at a person, we always notice how fashionably that person is dressed. The dress, the shoes, and the perfume that a person uses depict his/her character. Thus, the fashion designing companies play a pivotal role in human society. 

    Ann (NYSE: ANN) and Ralph Lauren (NYSE: RL) are two high-end fashion brands that have outperformed the S&P 500 in the past five years, and also have more »

  • Rivalry at the top.

    By indar kumar binani - October 5, 2012 | Tickers: ANN, RL

    Two most significant fashion brands listed in the Stock exchange today are – Ralph Lauren (NYSE: RL) and Ann Taylor (NYSE: ANN).  They have been achieving targets quite consistently for the last five years. But, Ralph Lauren has been overshadowing Ann Taylor. Given the present scenario if one had to choose between the two, which one would it be? 

    Background.

    Both companies are much similar in terms of valuations. Both are more »

  • Earnings Up, Shares Down

    By riddhi kharkia - September 11, 2012 | Tickers: ANN, CHS, FRAN, URBN

    Retail continues to be a bright spot for the U.S. economy as consumers are cautiously opening their purses and wallets when they find good deals, as the recent retail earning reports suggest.

    Retail Boutique Company, Francesca (NASDAQ: FRAN) reported earnings above analysts’ expectations for the second quarter 2012 earnings, which sent shares of the boutique clothing company rallying by nearly 30% since it made its market debut last year more »

  • This Company’s President Bought $700,000 In Stock

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - September 10, 2012 | Tickers: ANN, FNP, FRAN, MW, URBN

    On September 7th, Neill Davis directly acquired 25,000 shares of Francesca’s Holdings (NASDAQ: FRAN) at an average price of $28.37 per share. The stock dived on the day, finishing down 7% but rising to about $28.25 after hours. Davis, the former CFO of The Men’s Wearhouse (NYSE: MW), now owns a total of 65,000 shares in the retailer of women’s apparel and more »

  • Is This Retailer a Good Buy?

    By Himanshu Poddar - August 25, 2012 | Tickers: ANN, ASNA, LTD

    In an uncertain economy with budget conscious customers, retailers, especially specialty retailers, are finding it difficult to manage the ever increasing cost inflation and are juggling with the problem of raising product prices and falling volumes. Increasing commodity prices have become a major roadblock for almost all the retailers. But a specialty retailer for women has managed to work on this universal problem.

    Limited brands (NYSE: LTD) posted sweet second more »