On January 2nd, Director of Business Development Jeffrey Goldfarb at G-III Apparel Group, Ltd. (NASDAQ:GIII) bought 3,000 shares of the stock at an average price of $33.82. The company primarily provides women’s and men’s apparel and accessories. G-III has a market capitalization of about $690 million; however, an average of about 180,000 shares have been traded per day over the last three months and combined with the current stock price that yields over $6 million in daily dollar volume. On average, stocks bought by insiders tend to beat the market, though this isn’t always the case and so it’s important to do further research on these stocks (as would be the case for the results of any screen).
The third quarter of G-III’s fiscal year ended in October 2012. Revenue was up 7% compared to the same period in the previous fiscal year, led by wholesale licensed goods and retail. Wholesale non-licensed goods saw slightly lower sales, but that division is much smaller than the licensed goods business and so the decline was easily offset. Thanks in part to COGS expenses being held down, operating profits rose 10% and net income increased at a similar rate. A similar pattern emerges if we look at the first nine months of the fiscal year: a 9% increase in sales, with wholesale licensed goods being responsible for most of the gain in absolute terms, and a 9% rise in operating income.
Even with what appears to be fairly good business conditions, the market is quite pessimistic on G-III Apparel Group, Ltd. The stock trades at only 13 times trailing earnings, a level which we’d generally expect to correspond with very low growth rates, and even at its current pricing 15% of the outstanding shares are held short. Analyst expectations, however, are for growth to continue: the forward P/E multiple is 10 and the five-year PEG ratio is 0.6. Between these attractive valuation metrics and the insider purchase, we think that the stock is a potential value play.
Value investor Joel Greenblatt initiated a small position in G-III Apparel Group, Ltd. during the third quarter of 2012. Greenblatt is the author of a number of investment books including You Can Be A Stock Market Genius (find more of Greenblatt’s stock picks). Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates, a fund which tends to focus on small-cap and mid-cap stocks, was also buying the stock during the quarter and closed September with 1.9 million shares in its portfolio (see Royce’s favorite stocks). Scopia Capital, which is managed by Matt Sirovich and Jeffrey Mindich, was the largest holder of the stock in our database of 13F filings from hedge funds and other notable investors, with slightly more shares in its portfolio than Royce had. Check out more stocks Scopia owned.