We are upgrading our long-term recommendation on Citi Trends (CTRN) to Outperform on the back of its better-than-expected third-quarter 2012 results. We are pleased with Citi Trends' turnaround efforts due to the fact that despite weaker comps the company registered growth in its top line and narrowed its loss.
Net sales increased 4.1% to $149 million and surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $142 million. We believe that Citi Trends' effective cost-control initiatives and inventory management are gradually putting the company back on the growth trajectory.
Moreover, Citi Trends' extensive focus on store expansion is set to drive top-line growth in the future. Our target price of $14.00 is based on P/CF multiple of 11.0x.
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