• Should You Buy Latin America's Costco?

    By ANUP SINGH - August 18, 2013 | Tickers: COST, PSMT, SHLD

    PriceSmart (NASDAQ: PSMT) owns and operates membership shopping warehouse and clubs in Latin America and the Caribbean, and it is widely considered to be Latin America’s Costco (NASDAQ: COST). Discount retailers by and large have performed well this year in line with the fact that consumers are spending more.

    Year-to-date, PriceSmart has appreciated by around 12% as shown in graph below. With company having declared its quarterly report last more »

  • High Time to Buy This Retailer

    By Murtaza Qadir - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: COST, PSMT, WMT

    Over the last few years, the U.S. retail industry has grown to be extremely competitive. To stay ahead in this competition, setting sail for global expansion is the key. Costco (NASDAQ: COST), the largest U.S. based membership warehouse club, faces some serious growth challenges from its industry rivals. Costco has been playing its cards really well and appears to be an attractive buy. However, in this article I more »

  • Modest Prospects For This Discount Retailer

    By Vladimir Zernov - July 20, 2013 | Tickers: FDO, PSMT, WMT

    Discount retailers have been performing mostly in-line with the general market this year. PriceSmart (NASDAQ: PSMT), which is up 16% this year, is not an exception. The company has recently released its quarterly earnings. This gives us a chance to look more thoroughly at PriceSmart’s performance and evaluate whether it is a buy right now.

    Currency issues and pricing strategy

    PriceSmart has missed on both earnings and revenue. There more »

  • The Best Brick and Mortar Retail Investments

    By Swati Khanna - July 12, 2013 | Tickers: COST, DLTR, PSMT

    The retail model of business seems quite simple, attracts customers, converts footfall into actual sales and, most importantly, does it all at a decent profit. Isn’t it simple? Yes, definitely, but to be true only a few brick and motor retailers are successful. Let’s analyze some of the retailers and find reasons for their success. 

    Members only

    Costco (NASDAQ: COST) has a simple model, charge membership fees upfront more »

  • Earnings Preview: PriceSmart

    By tarun bachhawat - July 8, 2013 | Tickers: COST, FDO, PSMT

    In the last 10 quarters, PriceSmart (NASDAQ: PSMT) has rewarded investors by returning more than 430%. This terrific performance has raised investors’ expectations, and the upcoming third-quarter results, due to be released on July 10, will play a crucial role in determining whether PriceSmart can maintain the momentum or not. 

    Let’s dive deeper to see what can be expected of PriceSmart and whether or not it can continue to more »

  • A Good Membership Warehouse Club Operator in Latin American Market

    By Anh HOANG - June 12, 2013 | Tickers: COST, PSMT, WMT

    PriceSmart’s (NASDAQ: PSMT) shareholders must be quite happy as its stock price rose as much as 268% in the past five years, much higher than the S&P 500’s return of only 20.8% during the same period. Recently, the company has also reported that it experienced a 9.8% year-over-year growth for the five-week period ending June 2. Is PriceSmart a good buy after its impressive sales more »

  • Does Costco Deserve Its High Stock Price?

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - May 1, 2013 | Tickers: BIG, COST, PSMT, TGT, WMT

    The second quarter of Costco (NASDAQ: COST)’s fiscal year ended in mid February, with strong results for the membership discount retailer. Revenue, over 95% of which comes from sales as opposed to membership fees, was up 8% compared to the same period in the previous fiscal year. This was essentially in line with Costco’s performance in fiscal Q1. While costs were up as well, the company expanded its more »

  • 4 Reasons Why This Retailer Will Outperform

    By William Bias - March 22, 2013 | Tickers: COST, PSMT, WMT

    Wholesale retail clubs PriceSmart (NASDAQ: PSMT), Costco (NASDAQ: COST), and Sam’s Club parent Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) all outperformed the market over the past five years giving investors a total return of 202%, 79%, and 52% respectively (see chart below). Why did PriceSmart perform so well relative to the other companies? The four reasons outlined below will tell you.

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    The table more »

  • This Company is Still The King Of Retail

    By Nauman Aly - March 14, 2013 | Tickers: COST, PSMT, TGT, WMT

    Over the years, Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) has introduced several innovative strategies that have helped it improve its share in the global market while also enabling it the leverage to penetrate into emerging markets. In terms of invested capital, Wal-Mart is a huge business with a total market capitalization of more than $245 billion and average trading volume of more than 9 million. The stock's performance in the recent few more »

  • A Company Investors Want to Buy in Bulk

    By Ryan Guenette - January 2, 2013 | Tickers: COST, DG, PSMT, TGT, WMT

    A SWOT analysis is a look at a company’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats, and is a tremendous way to gain a detailed and thorough perspective on a company and its future. As the new year begins, I would like to pinpoint on a trailblazer that has revolutionized the membership warehouse industry, Costco (NASDAQ: COST).

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    • Solid Revenue Growth: In 2007, Costco reported revenue of $64.4 billion; in more »
  • PriceSmart Earnings Preview: Fantastic Growth, but Will It Continue?

    By Matthew Frankel - December 31, 2012 | Tickers: COST, PSMT, TGT, WMT

    PriceSmart (NASDAQ: PSMT) reports earnings on Wednesday, Jan. 9, and there are two important points for investors to think about in terms of this company.  First, why should I invest in PriceSmart, as opposed to one of its bigger, more established competitors such as Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT), Target (NYSE: TGT), or Costco (NASDAQ: COST)?  Secondly, what should we watch for in the earnings report that will help decide whether or more »

  • Can PriceSmart Really Be the Next Costco?

    By Simon Erickson - December 3, 2012 | Tickers: COST, PSMT, WMT | Editor's Choice

    If you've been on for any appreciable amount of time, you've probably come across the following headline:

    "PriceSmart is the Costco of Latin America."

    The comparison is likely due to the similarity of the company's business models.  Both sell in a warehouse club format and make the majority of their operating earnings through membership fees. 

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    But if the statement were in fact true, it would more »

  • Retail is Tough to Translate Abroad

    By Nick Slepko - November 16, 2012 | Tickers: CRERY.PK, COST, AHONY.PK, PSMT, WMMVY.PK, WMT

    “Whether it’s the restaurant or the supermarket or the kitchen supply shop, it’s hard to think of sector that is more commercialized and more replete with entrepreneurship and innovation.  It is all monetized. … Quality customers are often more important to a restaurant than a quality chef.”

    Professor Tyler Cowen’s recent book, An Economist Gets Lunch, is his latest success at illustrating “markets in everything” – and like his more »

  • Latin America is the Land of Opportunity

    By Hans el - November 1, 2012 | Tickers: MELI, PSMT | Editor's Choice

    Latin America is a region that is tremendously undervalued by investors.  Brazil gets plenty of attention as one of the BRIC countries, but the rest continues to float under the radar. 

    I believe that this region is about to embark on an accelerated journey to prosperity.  I do not just believe that because of numbers that I see, or news I read.  It is due to what I have seen more »

  • The Johnny Depp of Closed-End Funds Talks CUBA (part 7)

    By Nick Slepko - October 5, 2012 | Tickers: CIB, CUBA, MTZ, PSMT, WMMVY.PK

    Closed-end fund guru Tom Herzfeld discusses Cuba and his most popular fund, the Herzfeld Caribbean Basin Fund (NASDAQ: CUBA). 

    [Continued from part 6] 

    Nick Slepko:  Do you have any investments in Cuban-American public companies?

    Tom Herzfeld:  Cuban-American or not, Mastec (NYSE: MTZ) is a great company by most metrics.  The company’s founder Jorge Mas Canosa was a very prominent Cuban-American leader…Mastec was one of our earlier holdings.  I more »

  • The King of Retail

    By Ryan Guenette - August 20, 2012 | Tickers: COST, DG, PSMT, TGT, WMT

    The retail business is a fierce and deadly one. Smaller, poorly funded retailers will be gone before most people can get the time to go down to the store, swallowed up by big-box retailers. So it is of no surprise that Wal-Mart Stores Incorporated (NYSE: WMT) is known as the king of retail. As of last count, Wal-Mart possessed 8,970 stores worldwide. The chart below displays the countries Wal-Mart more »

  • Is It Time to Go Big-Time With Costco?

    By Ryan Guenette - August 13, 2012 | Tickers: COST, DG, PSMT, TGT, WMT

    The Costco craze has swept across the world. Costco’s unique business model of a subscription fee and immense packages of products have drawn customers, as they believe they are saving money in this tough economic environment. As of 2011, The United States, Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Puerto Rico, and Australia all have at least 3 Costco locations, with the total number of locations being 592. Since more »

  • PriceSmart and the Anti-Wal-Mart Alliance

    By Eric Novinson - August 8, 2012 | Tickers: COST, PSMT, WMT

    PriceSmart (NASDAQ: PSMT) and Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) both decided that supermarkets in Central America lacked the resources to effectively compete with large American discounters. Both chains have been able to add stores and attract shoppers over the last few years as they obtain cheap products from their own suppliers by buying in large volumes. Several other American stores, including convenience stores and gas stations, also entered Central American markets themselves more »

  • Clorox' Strategy Shows PriceSmart is on the Right Track

    By Eric Novinson - June 28, 2012 | Tickers: PSMT, PG, CLX, WMT

    Clorox (NYSE: CLX) found out that being a big fish in a small pond can be better for a company's sales. Emily Glazer, at the Wall Street Journal, reported that Clorox achieved 5 to 7 percent sales gains for several cleaning products by focusing on South American nations where fewer competitors have set up shop. Clorox seems like it's reached some of the same conclusions that PriceSmart (NASDAQ: PSMTmore »)

  • High-Priced Wal-Mart?

    By Keith Speights - June 13, 2012 | Tickers: COST, PSMT, TGT, WMT | Editor's Choice

    Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) is known as the home of “everyday low prices.”  The company has achieved success for nearly 50 years by offering a wide selection of products at great values. The stock recently hit an all-time high. Yet at least one brokerage lists Wal-Mart as a “large cap value” stock. But is Wal-Mart actually priced at a value now or is it on the high end? Let’s take more »

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