Nomura Securities Maintains a 'Neutral' on rue21, inc. (RUE); Raising Estimates, But Risk/Reward Balanced

May 25, 2012 8:38 AM EDT
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Nomura Securities maintains a 'Neutral' on rue21, inc. (NASDAQ: RUE) price target of $30.00.

Analyst, Paul Lejuez, said, "1Q EPS of $0.46 vs. our and cons of $0.43 and guidance of $0.42-$0.44.The qtr was solid, with positive comps and flattish GM. Comps continue to be positive in 2Q and the company’s fast-turn model is helping it avoid some of the fashion pitfalls (in tops) being experienced by competitors. We are increasing our F12E from $1.77 to $1.83 and our F13E from $1.97 to $2.04. Our biggest hang-ups with RUE is that the company doesn’t leverage SG&A (open 100+ stores a year and sales productivity has steadily declined). Trading at 16x F12E EPS, risk reward is balanced."

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