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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 : 8/10

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industry
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history
Cash to Debt 1.14
ARO's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
74% of the 1273 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.77 vs. ARO: 1.14 )
ARO' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.52   Max: No Debt
Current: 1.14

Equity to Asset 0.24
ARO's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
51% of the 1260 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.48 vs. ARO: 0.24 )
ARO' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.24   Max: 0.61
Current: 0.24

0.24
0.61
Interest Coverage No Debt
ARO's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
89% of the 876 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 33.11 vs. ARO: No Debt )
ARO' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 11.76   Max: 9999.99
Current: No Debt

11.76
9999.99
F-Score: 1
Z-Score: 2.17
M-Score: -4.10
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 (%) -13.46
ARO's Operating margin (%) is ranked lower than
55% of the 1273 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 5.10 vs. ARO: -13.46 )
ARO' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: -8.86   Max: 17.16
Current: -13.46

-8.86
17.16
Net-margin (%) -11.97
ARO's Net-margin (%) is ranked lower than
54% of the 1273 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 3.39 vs. ARO: -11.97 )
ARO' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -6.78   Max: 10.29
Current: -11.97

-6.78
10.29
ROE (%) -87.19
ARO's ROE (%) is ranked lower than
56% of the 1248 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 9.06 vs. ARO: -87.19 )
ARO' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -41.05   Max: 58.12
Current: -87.19

-41.05
58.12
ROA (%) -35.83
ARO's ROA (%) is ranked lower than
57% of the 1277 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 4.17 vs. ARO: -35.83 )
ARO' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -20.43   Max: 31.64
Current: -35.83

-20.43
31.64
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) -91.57
ARO's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked lower than
56% of the 1273 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 17.09 vs. ARO: -91.57 )
ARO' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: -69.51   Max: 152.9
Current: -91.57

-69.51
152.9
Revenue Growth (%) 1.00
ARO's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
64% of the 1108 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 5.50 vs. ARO: 1.00 )
ARO' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: 1   Max: 43.2
Current: 1

1
43.2
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Cash & Debt
Oprt. Cash Flow & Free Cash Flow

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Guru Trades

Q4 2013

ARO Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Zeke Ashton 138,500 sh (New)
Chuck Royce 494,792 sh (+4240.28%)
Paul Tudor Jones 21,457 sh (+60.13%)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 518,900 sh (+13.82%)
Richard Pzena 2,143,973 sh (+0.89%)
Steven Cohen 100,000 sh (unchged)
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Q1 2014

ARO Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Jim Simons 310,952 sh (New)
Chuck Royce 1,283,583 sh (+159.42%)
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Richard Pzena Sold Out
Zeke Ashton Sold Out
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 39,730 sh (-92.34%)
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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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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with ARO

(List those with share number changes of more than 20%, or impact to portfolio more than 0.1%)

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
Richard Pzena 2014-03-31 Sold Out 0.11%$4.92 - $9.18 $ 3.22-54%0
Meridian Funds 2013-06-30 Reduce -26.16%0.08%$12.76 - $16.65 $ 3.22-77%457900
John Hussman 2013-03-31 Sold Out 1%$12.32 - $14.51 $ 3.22-76%0
Joel Greenblatt 2013-03-31 Sold Out 0.13%$12.32 - $14.51 $ 3.22-76%0
John Hussman 2012-12-31 Reduce -26.61%0.35%$11.95 - $14.45 $ 3.22-76%3000000
Joel Greenblatt 2012-12-31 Add 1189.91%0.12%$11.95 - $14.45 $ 3.22-76%167934
Meridian Funds 2012-12-31 Add 24.08%0.07%$11.95 - $14.45 $ 3.22-76%662100
Richard Pzena 2012-12-31 Add 22.07%0.04%$11.95 - $14.45 $ 3.22-76%2097423
Ray Dalio 2012-12-31 Sold Out 0.02%$11.95 - $14.45 $ 3.22-76%0
Lee Ainslie 2012-09-30 Sold Out 1.7%$12.14 - $20.39 $ 3.22-80%0
Meridian Funds 2012-09-30 New Buy0.26%$12.14 - $20.39 $ 3.22-80%533600
Richard Pzena 2012-09-30 Add 52.27%0.07%$12.14 - $20.39 $ 3.22-80%1718158
Ray Dalio 2012-09-30 New Buy0.02%$12.14 - $20.39 $ 3.22-80%97213
Joel Greenblatt 2012-09-30 New Buy0.01%$12.14 - $20.39 $ 3.22-80%13019
Lee Ainslie 2012-06-30 Add 35.71%0.45%$16.04 - $22.49 $ 3.22-83%6436112
Third Avenue Management 2012-06-30 Sold Out 0.28%$16.04 - $22.49 $ 3.22-83%0
Joel Greenblatt 2012-06-30 Sold Out 0.19%$16.04 - $22.49 $ 3.22-83%0
John Hussman 2012-06-30 Add 8.34%0.12%$16.04 - $22.49 $ 3.22-83%4402000
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 2012-06-30 Sold Out 0.1%$16.04 - $22.49 $ 3.22-83%0
Ray Dalio 2012-06-30 Sold Out 0.05%$16.04 - $22.49 $ 3.22-83%0
Lee Ainslie 2012-03-31 Reduce -30.79%0.46%$14.91 - $21.93 $ 3.22-81%4742623
Joel Greenblatt 2012-03-31 Reduce -66.42%0.36%$14.91 - $21.93 $ 3.22-81%99258
Ray Dalio 2012-03-31 New Buy0.05%$14.91 - $21.93 $ 3.22-81%134608
Lee Ainslie 2011-12-31 New Buy1.5%$10.19 - $17.45 $ 3.22-78%6852869
Joel Greenblatt 2011-12-31 Reduce -31.77%0.24%$10.19 - $17.45 $ 3.22-78%295555
Ray Dalio 2011-12-31 Sold Out 0.06%$10.19 - $17.45 $ 3.22-78%0
Chuck Akre 2011-09-30 Sold Out 1.33%$9.31 - $18.56 $ 3.22-76%0
David Einhorn 2011-09-30 Sold Out 1.2842%$9.31 - $18.56 $ 3.22-76%0
Ronald Muhlenkamp 2011-09-30 Sold Out 1.0353%$9.31 - $18.56 $ 3.22-76%0
Third Avenue Management 2011-09-30 New Buy0.2%$9.31 - $18.56 $ 3.22-76%726950
Richard Pzena 2011-09-30 New Buy0.18%$9.31 - $18.56 $ 3.22-76%1388785
Ray Dalio 2011-09-30 Add 335.84%0.04%$9.31 - $18.56 $ 3.22-76%343708
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 2011-09-30 Add 65.88%0.03%$9.31 - $18.56 $ 3.22-76%949721
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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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history
P/B 1.67
ARO's P/B is ranked higher than
75% of the 1354 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.28 vs. ARO: 1.67 )
ARO' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 1.27   Max: 10.59
Current: 1.67

1.27
10.59
P/S 0.13
ARO's P/S is ranked higher than
95% of the 1354 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.86 vs. ARO: 0.13 )
ARO' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.11   Max: 2.3
Current: 0.13

0.11
2.3
EV-to-EBIT -0.82
ARO's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
52% of the 1354 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 17.90 vs. ARO: -0.82 )
ARO' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: -48.3   Max: 50.2
Current: -0.82

-48.3
50.2
Shiller P/E 4.43
ARO's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
99% of the 1354 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 59.31 vs. ARO: 4.43 )
ARO' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 3.73   Max: 32.02
Current: 4.43

3.73
32.02
Current Ratio 1.69
ARO's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
73% of the 1267 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.56 vs. ARO: 1.69 )
ARO' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 1.38   Max: 3.06
Current: 1.69

1.38
3.06
Quick Ratio 0.83
ARO's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
70% of the 1267 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.85 vs. ARO: 0.83 )
ARO' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.38   Max: 2.11
Current: 0.83

0.38
2.11

Valuation & Return

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Price/Tangible Book 2.04
ARO's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
76% of the 1354 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 3.42 vs. ARO: 2.04 )
ARO' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 2.12   Max: 9.63
Current: 2.04

2.12
9.63
Price/DCF (Projected) 0.26
ARO's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
99% of the 1354 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 3.77 vs. ARO: 0.26 )
ARO' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.27   Max: 2.67
Current: 0.26

0.27
2.67
Price/Median PS Value 0.12
ARO's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
99% of the 1354 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.12 vs. ARO: 0.12 )
ARO' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.12   Max: 1.9
Current: 0.12

0.12
1.9
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) -122.00
ARO's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked lower than
58% of the 1252 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 6.20 vs. ARO: -122.00 )
ARO' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 2   Max: 38.6
Current: -122

2
38.6
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 28.11
ARO's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
96% of the 1028 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 7.39 vs. ARO: 28.11 )
ARO' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -12.5   Max: 44.9
Current: 28.11

-12.5
44.9

Business Description

Industry: Retail - Apparel & Specialty » Apparel Stores
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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. It is a primarily mall-based, specialty retailer of casual apparel and accessories, principally targeting 14 to 17 year-old young women and men through its Aéropostale stores and 4 to 12 year-old kids through its P.S. from Aéropostale stores. The Company provides customers with a focused selection of high quality fashion and fashion basics at compelling values in an innovative and exciting store environment. The Company maintains control over its proprietary brands by designing, sourcing, marketing and selling all of its own merchandise, other than in licensed stores. The Company operates two reportable segments retail stores and e-commerce; and international licensing. The retail stores and e-commerce segment includes Aeropostale U.S., Aeropostale Canada, P.S. from Aeropostale and GoJane. As of February 1, 2014, the Company operated 949 Aéropostale stores, consisting of 871 stores in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, 78 stores in Canada, as well as 151 P.S. from Aéropostale stores in 31 states and Puerto Rico. The Company competes with a wide variety of retailers including other specialty stores, department stores, online retailers, mail order retailers and mass merchandisers. Specifically, its Aéropostale brand competes primarily with other teen apparel retailers and P.S. from Aéropostale competes with other childrens retailers.
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