Customers have grown bored with the same old shelves and minimalistic stands. That’s why it is no surprise that new store concepts have been developed. Some companies have pinned innovation to everyday operations, developing interesting approaches reflected upon continued positive quarter results. Dicks Sporting Goods Inc (NYSE:DKS), Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ:BBBY), and Cabelas Inc (NYSE:CAB) have championed new store concepts, turning themselves into successful industry leaders.
Dicks Sporting Goods Inc (NYSE:DKS) has been able to establish an important degree of loyalty by offering its customers access to experienced professionals to consult when shopping. Also, an aggressive national marketing campaign will widen its customer base while at the same time improving online sales. This is not a minor remark since the firm controls around 10% of the market, and holds great potential for store expansion. Since the company is recording its best historical financial indicators, and revenues and cash flows continue to increase, plenty of money will be available to realize this potential over the next few years.
The recent store expansion and new client-focused-technologies portray an encouraging outlook for the upcoming years and promise to generate strong returns. Profits have been reflected upon 2012’s last quarter results–Dicks Sporting Goods Inc (NYSE:DKS) net sales and earnings have risen by 12% and 17%, respectively. Such growth has reflected upon the company’s cash, greatly surpassing debt levels and increasing free cash flow. This last item becoming very important for the company if expansion plans are to be followed through.
Last, the firm’s stock is selling relatively cheap at an 18 P/E, and estimates have ceased to be conservative. The market and analysts expect the stock to increase its trading price, and the company to continue to take in revenues. Hence, it is recommended to BUY since the risky season has gone by and the steady growth path started in 2008 seems to be continued.
Bed Bath & Beyond: Home alone
Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ:BBBY) was no stranger during the economic slowdown and saw revenues drop. As the economy recovers, the company is expected to match and better previous performances. Good prospects derive from its unique business approach, but also because 16% of the competition went under. Hence, as disposable income continues to rise in the US, the firm will have the opportunity to increase market share.
Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ:BBBY)’s power to profit lies in its unique sales operation concept. Also, diversifying providers has helped the company to quickly adapt to new trends and reduce its exposure to fashion fluctuations. At the same time, the firm has introduced new brands and posted positive returns during the economic downturn. In part, positive results are a by-product of low distribution costs; lower than any market competitor.
Its financial health is exemplary. Since the company holds no debt since 1996, revenue has made way for a rapid expansion, and helped accomplish successful acquisitions. Profitability and finance indicators are comfortably above industry averages; moreover, the firm counts with enough cash to push forward with expansion. Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ:BBBY) also holds a great potential for geographical expansion, and has proved this potential by successfully disembarking in Mexico.
On the flip side, estimates remain conservative since economic recovery has been somewhat slower than expected. Regardless of a sluggish economic recovery, the company has fronted bad weather, expanded within and outside the USA and made successful acquisitions; in addition,sales are recovering together with disposable income. Although some analysts still remain doubtful, I am sure that Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ:BBBY)will continue to grow, and recommends BUYING.
Cabela’s: Into the wild
Entering a Cabelas Inc (NYSE:CAB) store is a experience on its own. Any first-timer will be amazed by the store’s size and setting. The firm has taken that experience to a higher level by adopting an omni-channel retailing strategy. TV shows, online catalog, and other new growth strategies are the telling evidence.
While Legacy type stores (150-200K sq. ft.) are recovering from economic bad weather, Next-generation shops (85-100K sq. ft.) have proven to be very successful, and the new model, named Outpost (40K sq. ft.), can continue the trend by catering local and specific needs.
While store strategy has been revamped, Cabella’s has also improved its online performance. For example, the firm’s website is ever more a reflection of the real store. Surely the company is exploiting customer’s loyalty, reminding each customer who the outdoors market leader is. Since its online catalog has sold products in more than 100 countries, the online experience has shown to be a test ground for geographical expansion.