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Do you consider a stock's sales trends when choosing among names? We ran a screen with this idea in mind.

Retail is one industry where sales and inventory trends are especially important season after season, so we started with a universe of Apparel retailers.

We then screened for stocks with strong sales trends by comparing growth in revenue to growth in inventory over the last year. We screened for stocks with positive sales trends, with faster growth in revenue than inventory over the last year. Since inventory represents the portion of goods not yet sold, faster growth in revenue than inventory is considered an encouraging sign.

For an interactive version of this chart, click on the image below. Analyst ratings sourced from Zacks Investment Research.

Do you think these stocks are poised to move higher? Use this list as a starting point for your own analysis.

List sorted by increase in revenue over the last year.

1. Chico's FAS Inc. (CHS): Operates as a specialty retailer of casual-to-dressy clothing, intimates, complementary accessories, and other non-clothing gift items. Market cap at $3.05B, most recent closing price at $18.76. Revenue grew by 18.22% during the most recent quarter ($636.66M vs. $538.55M y/y). Inventory grew by -5.39% during the same time period ($234.2M vs. $247.53M y/y). Inventory, as a percentage of current assets, decreased from 45.54% to 35.32% during the most recent quarter (comparing 13 weeks ending 2012-10-27 to 13 weeks ending 2011-10-29).

2. Urban Outfitters Inc. (URBN): Operates lifestyle specialty retail stores under the Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Free People, Terrain, Leifsdottir, and BHLDN brands. Market cap at $5.44B, most recent closing price at $37.86 Revenue grew by 13.6% during the most recent quarter ($692.89M vs. $609.95M y/y). Inventory grew by 7.62% during the same time period ($395.41M vs. $367.41M y/y). Inventory, as a percentage of current assets, decreased from 60.4% to 45.65% during the most recent quarter (comparing 3 months ending 2012-10-31 to 3 months ending 2011-10-31).

3. American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. (AEO): Operates as an apparel and accessories retailer in the United States and Canada. Market cap at $3.8B, most recent closing price at $19.68. Revenue grew by 10.55% during the most recent quarter ($739.68M vs. $669.12M y/y). Inventory grew by 1.03% during the same time period ($462.01M vs. $457.28M y/y). Inventory, as a percentage of current assets, decreased from 39.59% to 34.31% during the most recent quarter (comparing 13 weeks ending 2012-07-28 to 13 weeks ending 2011-07-30).

4. Foot Locker, Inc. (FL): Operates as a retailer of athletic footwear and apparel. Market cap at $5.15B, most recent closing price at $34.82. Revenue grew by 9.33% during the most recent quarter ($1,524M vs. $1,394M y/y). Inventory grew by 2.99% during the same time period ($1,240M vs. $1,204M y/y). Inventory, as a percentage of current assets, decreased from 58.47% to 54.03% during the most recent quarter (comparing 13 weeks ending 2012-10-27 to 13 weeks ending 2011-10-29).

5. Gap Inc. (GPS): Operates as a specialty retailing company. Market cap at $16.91B, most recent closing price at $35.50. Revenue grew by 7.78% during the most recent quarter ($3,864M vs. $3,585M y/y). Inventory grew by -2.28% during the same time period ($2,269M vs. $2,322M y/y). Inventory, as a percentage of current assets, decreased from 50.99% to 46.95% during the most recent quarter (comparing 13 weeks ending 2012-10-27 to 13 weeks ending 2011-10-29).

6. Buckle Inc. (BKE): Operates as a retailer of casual apparel, footwear, and accessories for young men and women in the continental United States. Market cap at $2.39B, most recent closing price at $50.39. Revenue grew by 3.93% during the most recent quarter ($284.15M vs. $273.4M y/y). Inventory grew by -4.45% during the same time period ($134.51M vs. $140.78M y/y). Inventory, as a percentage of current assets, decreased from 57.87% to 33.19% during the most recent quarter (comparing 13 weeks ending 2012-10-27 to 13 weeks ending 2011-10-29).

7. Aeropostale, Inc. (ARO): Designs, markets, and sells casual sportswear and other fashion merchandise under its own brands, principally targeted at customers 11 to 18 years old. Market cap at $1.13B, most recent closing price at $14.45. Revenue grew by 3.66% during the most recent quarter ($485.34M vs. $468.19M y/y). Inventory grew by -0.72% during the same time period ($246.71M vs. $248.49M y/y). Inventory, as a percentage of current assets, decreased from 62.% to 51.16% during the most recent quarter (comparing 13 weeks ending 2012-07-28 to 13 weeks ending 2011-07-30).

8. Cintas Corporation (CTAS): Provides corporate identity uniforms and related business services in North America and Latin America, Europe, and Asia. Market cap at $5.05B, most recent closing price at $40.86. Revenue grew by 3.36% during the most recent quarter ($1,051.33M vs. $1,017.18M y/y). Inventory grew by -13.74% during the same time period ($241.7M vs. $280.21M y/y). Inventory, as a percentage of current assets, decreased from 18.9% to 15.86% during the most recent quarter (comparing 3 months ending 2012-08-31 to 3 months ending 2011-08-31).

Accounting data sourced from Google Finance, all other data sourced from Finviz.

Source: 8 Apparel Stocks With Encouraging Inventory Trends