Ascena Retail Group Inc (NASDAQ:ASNA) has decided to purchased Charming Shoppes, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHRS) in a around $890 million cash contract, hoping the parent firm of Lane Bryant will surges its exposure to the gradually increasing market for plus-size women’s clothes. Ascena is offering shareholders $7.35 for each share of Charming, a 25 percent premium to the Tuesday closing price for the shares.
At that time it reported that it anticipated to sell its Fashion Bug operations so it could focus on Lane Bryant stores, which offer women’s clothing in sizes 14 throughout 28. It did not declare an outright sale of the firm at the time, though a strategic review is often corporate jargon for putting a firm up for sale.
Sector analysis, over all services sector moved up, Charming Shoppes, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHRS) moved up +23.90%, American Eagle Outfitters (NYSE:AEO) rose +16.83%, The Gap Inc. (NYSE:GPS) grew +2.14, Collective Brands Inc. (NYSE:PSS) edged up +0.43%, Aeropostale, Inc. (NYSE:ARO) which also increased +4.36% and Urban Outfitters, Inc. (NASDAQ:URBN) added +4.41%.
Ascena Retail Group Inc (NASDAQ:ASNA) after opening at $21.21 hit high price of $21.68 and then closed at $21.06 by surging +10.41% and on last session volume of 9.97 million shares was surprisingly higher than its average volume of 1.56 million shares.
The stock price volatility was 5.03% for a week and 3.01% for a month as well as price volatility’s Average True Range for 14 days was 0.78 and its beta remained 1.46.
The liquidity measure in recent quarter results of the company was recorded 2.36 as current ratio and on the other side the debt to equity ratio and long-term debt to equity ratio also remained at flat. The Company had total cash at hand $429.60 million and a book value per share as $8.27 in the most recent quarter.
ASNA generated revenue of 3.08 billion in the following twelve months and earned $191.20 million. The Company showed a positive 6.21% in the net profit margin and as well as in its operating margin which remained 10.17%. Company’s annual sales growth for the past five year was 17.51%.
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