I approach a bullish article on Summer Infant (SUMR) with more than a little trepidation, as I have been burned by writing favorably about this name once before. I previously underestimated the serious operational challenges that the company faced after a series of debt-fueled acquisitions and the resulting missteps with new product introductions, not to mention challenges at major retailers like Toys R Us/Babies R Us and the increasing penetration of private label competition.
Even with the stock up more than 80% over the past year, I do wonder if Summer Infant is back on stronger footing and has further gains ahead of it. Management has elected to discontinue low-margin licensing arrangements, is rationalizing its SKU count,...
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