Since the beginning of Mar 2012, The Men’s Wearhouse, Inc. (NYSE:MW) has experienced a significant jump of more than 20%, from $27.88 per share to nearly $33.50 per share. The positive share movement was due to its narrow fourth quarter loss and its planned sale of its weak performing unit, K&G clothing. Barron’s commented that investors should stay as the stock couldtradehigher if the K&G deal is consummated. Is Men’s Wearhouse a buy at its current price? Let’s find out.
The Men’s Wearhouse, Inc. (NYSE:MW), founded in 1973, is one of the largest specialty retailers of men’s suits and the biggest tuxedo rental product provider in the U.S. and Canada, operating under several brand names such as Men’s Wearhouse (638 stores), K&G (97 stores), Men’s Wearhouse and Tux (288 stores) and Moores (120 stores). The majority of its sales, $1.69 billion, or 68% of its total sales, were generated from the retail-clothing product. Tuxedo rental services ranked second with $406.5 million in revenue, accounting for 16.3% of the total 2012 sales. In 2012, while Men’s Wearhouse and Moores experienced positive comparable store sales growth of 4.8% and 1.5%, respectively, the comparable store sales of K&G declined by 4.3%.
Positive near-term catalyst
In the fourth quarter of 2012, while its net sales increased 8.2% to $608.4 million, it narrowed its loss from $3.8 million in Q4 2011 to a loss of $3.4 million in Q4 2012. For the full year, net earnings actually rose, from $120.45 million, or $2.30 per share in 2011 to $132 million, or $2.55 per share in 2012. What makes the market interested might be its engagement of Jefferies & Co. to help the company “evaluating strategic alternatives for K&G operations.” By shedding K&G, the company might report lower revenue but a much better net income. In addition, the company would also have a much stronger balance sheet with more cash on hands, allowing it to further expand its core and profitable growing stores.
Furthermore, The Men’s Wearhouse, Inc. (NYSE:MW) announced its share repurchase program of around $200 million, which is equivalent to an 11.8% yield. Investors might feel quite safe with Men’s Wearhouse due to its conservative balance sheet. As of February 2012, it had $1.1 billion in total stockholders’ equity, $156 million in cash and no debt.