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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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Cash to Debt No Debt
ARO's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
100% of the 1083 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.50 vs. ARO: No Debt )
ARO' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.52   Max: No Debt
Current: No Debt

Equity to Asset 0.43
ARO's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
62% of the 1073 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.52 vs. ARO: 0.43 )
ARO' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.38   Max: 0.61
Current: 0.43

0.38
0.61
F-Score: 2
Z-Score: 3.22
M-Score: 2.73
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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Revenue Growth (%) 1.00
ARO's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
80% of the 786 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 6.50 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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Financials


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Cash & Debt
Oprt. Cash Flow & Free Cash Flow

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Guru Trades

Q1 2013

ARO Guru Trades in Q1 2013

Jim Simons 1,312,112 sh (+157.73%)
Richard Pzena 2,241,158 sh (+6.85%)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 486,120 sh (+4.59%)
Joel Greenblatt Sold Out
John Hussman Sold Out
Jeremy Grantham Sold Out
Meridian Funds 620,100 sh (-6.34%)
Steven Cohen 20,500 sh (-8.7%)
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Q2 2013

ARO Guru Trades in Q2 2013

Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 493,370 sh (+1.49%)
Steven Cohen Sold Out
Richard Pzena 2,182,958 sh (-2.6%)
Meridian Funds 457,900 sh (-26.16%)
Jim Simons 244,112 sh (-81.4%)
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Q3 2013

ARO Guru Trades in Q3 2013

Paul Tudor Jones 13,400 sh (New)
Chuck Royce 11,400 sh (New)
Steven Cohen 479,200 sh (unchged)
Jim Simons Sold Out
Richard Pzena 2,125,083 sh (-2.65%)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 455,910 sh (-7.59%)
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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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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with ARO

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
Meridian Funds 2013-06-30 Reduce -26.16%0.08%$12.76 - $16.65 $ 4.48-68%457900
John Hussman 2013-03-31 Sold Out 1%$12.32 - $14.51 $ 4.48-66%0
Joel Greenblatt 2013-03-31 Sold Out 0.13%$12.32 - $14.51 $ 4.48-66%0
John Hussman 2012-12-31 Reduce -26.61%0.35%$11.95 - $14.45 $ 4.48-66%3000000
Joel Greenblatt 2012-12-31 Add 1189.91%0.12%$11.95 - $14.45 $ 4.48-66%167934
Meridian Funds 2012-12-31 Add 24.08%0.07%$11.95 - $14.45 $ 4.48-66%662100
Ray Dalio 2012-12-31 Sold Out 0.02%$11.95 - $14.45 $ 4.48-66%0
Lee Ainslie 2012-09-30 Sold Out 1.7%$12.14 - $20.39 $ 4.48-72%0
Meridian Funds 2012-09-30 New Buy0.26%$12.14 - $20.39 $ 4.48-72%533600
Ray Dalio 2012-09-30 New Buy0.02%$12.14 - $20.39 $ 4.48-72%97213
Joel Greenblatt 2012-09-30 New Buy0.01%$12.14 - $20.39 $ 4.48-72%13019
Lee Ainslie 2012-06-30 Add 35.71%0.45%$16.04 - $22.49 $ 4.48-77%6436112
Joel Greenblatt 2012-06-30 Sold Out 0.19%$16.04 - $22.49 $ 4.48-77%0
John Hussman 2012-06-30 Add 8.34%0.12%$16.04 - $22.49 $ 4.48-77%4402000
Ray Dalio 2012-06-30 Sold Out 0.05%$16.04 - $22.49 $ 4.48-77%0
Lee Ainslie 2012-03-31 Reduce -30.79%0.46%$14.91 - $21.93 $ 4.48-73%4742623
Joel Greenblatt 2012-03-31 Reduce -66.42%0.36%$14.91 - $21.93 $ 4.48-73%99258
Ray Dalio 2012-03-31 New Buy0.05%$14.91 - $21.93 $ 4.48-73%134608
Lee Ainslie 2011-12-31 New Buy1.5%$10.19 - $17.45 $ 4.48-70%6852869
Joel Greenblatt 2011-12-31 Reduce -31.77%0.24%$10.19 - $17.45 $ 4.48-70%295555
Ray Dalio 2011-12-31 Sold Out 0.06%$10.19 - $17.45 $ 4.48-70%0
Chuck Akre 2011-09-30 Sold Out 1.33%$9.31 - $18.56 $ 4.48-67%0
Ronald Muhlenkamp 2011-09-30 Sold Out 1.0353%$9.31 - $18.56 $ 4.48-67%0
Ray Dalio 2011-09-30 Add 335.84%0.04%$9.31 - $18.56 $ 4.48-66%343708
Chuck Akre 2011-06-30 Add 325%1.02%$17.15 - $26.26 $ 4.48-79%425000
Ronald Muhlenkamp 2011-06-30 Reduce -42.71%0.93%$17.15 - $26.26 $ 4.48-79%350934
Richard Perry 2011-06-30 Sold Out 0.8%$17.15 - $26.26 $ 4.48-79%0
Joel Greenblatt 2011-06-30 Add 360.07%0.79%$17.15 - $26.26 $ 4.48-79%411737
Richard Perry 2011-03-31 New Buy0.8%$23.05 - $26.64 $ 4.48-82%1010000
Joel Greenblatt 2011-03-31 Reduce -52.11%0.71%$23.05 - $26.64 $ 4.48-82%89494
Chuck Akre 2011-03-31 New Buy0.47%$23.05 - $26.64 $ 4.48-82%100000
George Soros 2011-03-31 Sold Out $23.05 - $26.64 $ 4.48-82%0
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Ratios

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P/B 1.25
ARO's P/B is ranked higher than
73% of the 1036 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.71 vs. ARO: 1.25 )
ARO' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 1.25   Max: 10.59
Current: 1.25

1.25
10.59
P/S 0.17
ARO's P/S is ranked higher than
88% of the 1107 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.74 vs. ARO: 0.17 )
ARO' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.17   Max: 2.3
Current: 0.17

0.17
2.3
PEG 1.00
ARO's PEG is ranked higher than
72% of the 521 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.29 vs. ARO: 1.00 )
ARO' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.17   Max: 2.49
Current: 1

0.17
2.49
Shiller P/E 4.06
ARO's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
99% of the 541 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 20.92 vs. ARO: 4.06 )
ARO' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 5.46   Max: 32.02
Current: 4.06

5.46
32.02

Valuation & Return

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Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 8.00
ARO's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
63% of the 983 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 7.40 vs. ARO: 8.00 )
ARO' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 2   Max: 38.6
Current: 8

2
38.6
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 25.71
ARO's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
91% of the 727 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 10.63 vs. ARO: 25.71 )
ARO' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -4.8   Max: 44.8
Current: 25.71

-4.8
44.8

Business Description

Industry: Retail - Apparel & Specialty » Apparel Stores
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Traded in other countries:AO5.Germany
Aeropostale, Inc., a Delaware corporation, originally incorporated as MSS-Delaware, Inc. on September 1, 1995 and later changed its name to Aéropostale, Inc. on February 1, 2000. It is a mall-based specialty retailer of casual apparel and accessories. The Company designs, markets and sells its own brand of merchandise principally targeting 14 to 17 year-old young women and young men. It also sells Aéropostale merchandise through its e-commerce website. As of February 2, 2013, it operated 984 Aéropostale stores, consisting of 906 stores in all 50states and Puerto Rico, 78 stores in Canada, as well as 100 P.S. from Aéropostale stores in 20 states. The Company's Aéropostale concept provides the customer with a focused selection of high-quality, active-oriented, fashion and fashion basic merchandise at compelling values. It maintains control of its proprietary brands by designing and sourcing all of its merchandise. It locates its stores mainly in shopping malls, outlet centers and, to a much lesser degree, lifestyle and off-mall shopping centers, all located in geographic areas with the highest possible concentrations of its target customers. It locates its stores in mall locations near popular teen gathering spots, such as food courts and other teen-oriented retailers. The Company's stores average approximately 3,700 square feet. It designs its stores in an effort to create an energetic shopping environment, featuring powerful in-store promotional signage, creative visuals and popular music. It owns, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Aéropostale West, Inc., a Delaware corporation, federal trademark registrations in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for its principal marks AÉROPOSTALE, AÉRO, 87, P.S. FROM AÉROPOSTALE, and other related marks for clothing, a variety of accessories, including sunglasses, belts, socks and hats, and as a service mark for retail clothing stores, as well as state registrations for these marks. It competes with a wide variety of retailers including other specialty stores, department stores, mail order retailers and mass merchandisers. The Company's Aéropostale brand competes mainly with other teen apparel retailers including, but not limited to, Abercrombie & Fitch, American Eagle Outfitters, Hollister, Old Navy, and Pacific Sunwear.

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