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GuruFocus Financial Strength Rank measures how strong a company’s financial situation is. It is based on these factors

1. The debt burden that the company has as measured by its Interest coverage (current year).
2. Debt to revenue ratio. The lower, the better
3. Altman Z-score.

A company ranks high with financial strength is likely to withstand any business slowdowns and recessions.

Financial Strength : 6/10

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industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt 0.54
ARO's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
61% of the 894 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.91 vs. ARO: 0.54 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Cash to Debt only.
ARO' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.52  Med: 10000.00 Max: No Debt
Current: 0.54
Equity to Asset 0.12
ARO's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
94% of the 838 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.47 vs. ARO: 0.12 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity to Asset only.
ARO' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.12  Med: 0.54 Max: 0.61
Current: 0.12
0.12
0.61
F-Score: 4
Z-Score: 2.70
M-Score: -4.83
GuruFocus Profitability Rank ranks how profitable a company is and how likely the company’s business will stay that way. It is based on these factors:

1. Operating Margin
2. Trend of the Operating Margin (5-year average). The company with an uptrend profit margin has a higher rank.
••3. Consistency of the profitability
4. Piotroski F-Score
5. Predictability Rank•

The maximum rank is 10. A rank of 7 or higher means a higher profitability and may stay that way. A rank of 3 or lower indicates that the company has had trouble to make a profit.

Profitability Rank is not directly related to the Financial Strength Rank. But if a company is consistently profitable, its financial strength will be stronger.

Profitability & Growth : 6/10

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industry
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history
Operating margin (%) -9.66
ARO's Operating margin (%) is ranked lower than
93% of the 891 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 3.69 vs. ARO: -9.66 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating margin (%) only.
ARO' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: -11.59  Med: 11.56 Max: 17.16
Current: -9.66
-11.59
17.16
Net-margin (%) -9.93
ARO's Net-margin (%) is ranked lower than
92% of the 891 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.40 vs. ARO: -9.93 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net-margin (%) only.
ARO' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -11.23  Med: 7.18 Max: 10.29
Current: -9.93
-11.23
10.29
ROE (%) -143.92
ARO's ROE (%) is ranked lower than
97% of the 880 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 7.23 vs. ARO: -143.92 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE (%) only.
ARO' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -110.33  Med: 35.73 Max: 58.12
Current: -143.92
-110.33
58.12
ROA (%) -32.56
ARO's ROA (%) is ranked lower than
96% of the 900 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 3.19 vs. ARO: -32.56 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA (%) only.
ARO' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -35.6  Med: 19.66 Max: 31.64
Current: -32.56
-35.6
31.64
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) -91.29
ARO's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked lower than
95% of the 895 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 13.75 vs. ARO: -91.29 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) only.
ARO' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: -107.85  Med: 103.98 Max: 152.9
Current: -91.29
-107.85
152.9
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) -6.60
ARO's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
83% of the 727 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 3.00 vs. ARO: -6.60 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) only.
ARO' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -6.6  Med: 23.60 Max: 43.2
Current: -6.6
-6.6
43.2
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Guru Trades

Q2 2014

ARO Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Jim Simons 3,315,212 sh (+966.15%)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc Sold Out
Chuck Royce 913,583 sh (-28.83%)
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Q3 2014

ARO Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Chuck Royce 1,163,583 sh (+27.36%)
Jim Simons 2,077,412 sh (-37.34%)
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Q4 2014

ARO Guru Trades in Q4 2014

Jim Simons 1,292,112 sh (-37.80%)
Chuck Royce 275,000 sh (-76.37%)
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Q1 2015

ARO Guru Trades in Q1 2015

Charles Brandes 11,609 sh (New)
Chuck Royce 275,000 sh (unchged)
Jim Simons 641,312 sh (-50.37%)
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Guru Investment Theses on Aeropostale Inc

Meridian Funds Comments on Aeropostale Inc - Jun 19, 2014

Aeropostale (ARO) is a retailer focused on the teenage demographic. The company suffered declining earnings in 2012 as struggling competitors cut prices and customer preference moved away from Aeropostale’s traditional strength in core basics towards higher fashion content. We believed that the Aeropostale’s brand was still relevant and that the company would benefit as improving inventory positions at competitors eased price competition and as the addition of a new head of design improved the company’s fashion offerings. This did not materialize, however, and the company continued to struggle. We exited the position at a loss to invest in other companies with greater growth potential.



From Meridian Funds's semi-annual report ended December 31, 2013.



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Ratios

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industry
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history
P/B 2.84
ARO's P/B is ranked lower than
67% of the 862 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.80 vs. ARO: 2.84 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/B only.
ARO' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 1.27  Med: 4.94 Max: 10.59
Current: 2.84
1.27
10.59
P/S 0.08
ARO's P/S is ranked higher than
96% of the 892 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.71 vs. ARO: 0.08 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/S only.
ARO' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.08  Med: 1.02 Max: 2.3
Current: 0.08
0.08
2.3
Shiller P/E 8.47
ARO's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
89% of the 474 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 21.90 vs. ARO: 8.47 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller P/E only.
ARO' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 3.73  Med: 13.31 Max: 32.02
Current: 8.47
3.73
32.02
Current Ratio 1.87
ARO's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
62% of the 847 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.55 vs. ARO: 1.87 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Current Ratio only.
ARO' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 1.38  Med: 2.18 Max: 3.06
Current: 1.87
1.38
3.06
Quick Ratio 0.93
ARO's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
53% of the 847 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.87 vs. ARO: 0.93 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Quick Ratio only.
ARO' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.38  Med: 1.22 Max: 2.11
Current: 0.93
0.38
2.11
Days Inventory 44.02
ARO's Days Inventory is ranked higher than
76% of the 852 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. ARO: 44.02 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Inventory only.
ARO' s 10-Year Days Inventory Range
Min: 32.4  Med: 36.85 Max: 49.5
Current: 44.02
32.4
49.5
Days Sales Outstanding 3.62
ARO's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
77% of the 723 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 12.70 vs. ARO: 3.62 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
ARO' s 10-Year Days Sales Outstanding Range
Min: 1.18  Med: 2.90 Max: 8.8
Current: 3.62
1.18
8.8

Valuation & Return

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history
Price/Tangible Book 5.11
ARO's Price/Tangible Book is ranked lower than
77% of the 797 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.16 vs. ARO: 5.11 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Tangible Book only.
ARO' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 2.1  Med: 5.61 Max: 9.63
Current: 5.11
2.1
9.63
Price/Projected FCF 0.29
ARO's Price/Projected FCF is ranked higher than
98% of the 477 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.27 vs. ARO: 0.29 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Projected FCF only.
ARO' s 10-Year Price/Projected FCF Range
Min: 0.27  Med: 0.82 Max: 2.73
Current: 0.29
0.27
2.73
Price/Median PS Value 0.08
ARO's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
99% of the 806 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.09 vs. ARO: 0.08 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Median PS Value only.
ARO' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.1  Med: 1.16 Max: 2.03
Current: 0.08
0.1
2.03
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) -82.00
ARO's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) is ranked lower than
98% of the 879 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 5.20 vs. ARO: -82.00 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) only.
ARO' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 2  Med: 10.90 Max: 38.6
Current: -82
2
38.6
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) 46.93
ARO's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) is ranked higher than
97% of the 499 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 5.97 vs. ARO: 46.93 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) only.
ARO' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) Range
Min: -14.3  Med: 32.15 Max: 45.5
Current: 46.93
-14.3
45.5

Analyst Estimate

Jan16 Jan17 Jan18
Revenue(Mil) 1,709 1,676 1,682
EPS($) -1.38 -0.97 -0.71
EPS without NRI($) -1.38 -0.97 -0.71

Business Description

Industry: Retail - Apparel & Specialty » Apparel Stores
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Traded in other countries:AO5.Germany,
Aeropostale Inc is a Delaware corporation was originally incorporated as MSS-Delaware, Inc., on September 1, 1995 and on February 1, 2000 changed its name to Aéropostale, Inc. The Company is a mall-based, specialty retailer of casual apparel and accessories targeting 14 to 17 year-old young women and men through its Aéropostale stores and website and 4 to 12 year-olds through its P.S. from Aéropostale stores and website. The Company provides customers with a selection of fashion and fashion basic merchandise at compelling values in an exciting and customer friendly store environment. The Company is engaged in designing, sourcing, marketing and selling all of its own merchandise, other than in licensed stores. The Company operates in two segments including retail stores and e-commerce; and international licensing. The retail stores and e-commerce segment includes the aggregation of the Aéropostale U.S., Aéropostale Canada, P.S. from Aéropostale and GoJane operating segment. The Company operated approximately 860 stores, consisting of 773 Aéropostale stores in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, 61 Aéropostale stores in Canada, as well as 26 P.S. from Aéropostale stores in 12 states, primarily in off-mall locations. The Company's International licensing segment operated 239 Aéropostale and P.S. from Aéropostale locations in Bahrain, Chile, Colombia, Malaysia, Mexico, Oman, Panama, Singapore, Turkey, Qatar, And United Arab Emirates. The Company competes with retailers including other specialty stores, department stores, online retailers, mail order retailers and mass merchandisers. Specifically, its Aéropostale brand competes with other teen apparel retailers and P.S. from Aéropostale competes with other children's retailers. The Company through certain of its wholly owned subsidiaries owns principal marks AÉROPOSTALE, AÉRO, 87, P.S. FROM AÉROPOSTALE, P.S.09, LIVE LOVE DREAM and the LLD logo, TOKYO DARLING and BROOKLYN CALLING and other related marks for clothing, a variety of accessories, including bags, belts, socks, hats, footwear and, in many instances, sunglasses, eyewear, home goods and jewelry, and as a service mark for retail services (including online retail services), as well as supporting state registrations for selected marks. The Company's direct marketing business is subject to federal and state laws regarding the collection, maintenance and disclosure of personally identifiable information collected and maintained in its database.
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