NEW YORK, March 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Today, Investors Alliance announced new research reports highlighting Fifth & Pacific Companies Inc. (NYSE: FNP), Quiksilver, Inc. (NYSE: ZQK), Under Armour Inc. (NYSE: UA), Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE: HBI) and Carter's, Inc. (NYSE: CRI). Today's readers may access these reports free of charge - including full price targets, industry analysis and analyst ratings - via the links below.
Fifth & Pacific Companies Inc. Research Report
Jack Spade, Kate's little brother is more than ready to step out of his sister's shadow as the brand becomes a major focal point and potential growth driver for Fifth & Pacific. The brand is now poised for broader expansion, as Fifth & Pacific's CEO William McComb said that Jack Spade 'can be a $100 million men's business with very high margins." The company has invested heavily in the brand as it moves closer to attaining lifestyle brand status. The investment has taken the form of store expansions as the brand grew from three units to 10 stores. Those numbers are also expected to rise as retailers set its sights on domestic and international markets, notably China, according to vice president and brand director Cuan Hanly. Driving that growth is demand for Jack Spade's classic-yet-hip clothing and colorfully accented bags, which target the "creative class," said Hanly. To elucidate whom that includes, he pointed to professionals ranging from artists and graphic designers to architects and journalists. Prices range from $145 to $600, with a sweet spot that hovers in the $250-to-$300 neighborhood. "We're going for simplicity and function, that's our design philosophy," Hanly offered. "It's classic, American men's wear, but we bring color and humor to it." Jack Spade is also tweaking their website by the end of April in order to include a social feed component. This new element will add more cohesion to the brand's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram following. As Hanly added, "It's about engagement. It's not just about the product." The Full Research Report on Fifth & Pacific Companies Inc. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at: [http://www.investors-alliance.com/r/full_research_report/5329_FNP]
Quiksilver, Inc. Research Report
Quiksilver has appointed Tom Hartage as Global Head of Footwear and Kasey Mazzone as Global Head of Supply Chain. "We are centralizing key functions and responsibilities across Quiksilver, Roxy and DC in order to strengthen our brands, grow sales and drive operational efficiencies," said Andy Mooney, President and Chief Executive Officer of Quiksilver, Inc. "Both Tom and Kasey bring world class expertise to their respective roles, as well as extensive experience with global brands. These appointments, along with Pierre's new role and the addition of a Chief Marketing Officer, will make our company more competitive and are key elements in our evolution from a regional management structure to a global structure with experienced leaders guiding each key functional area of the company. Pierre Agnes, President of Quiksilver Europe assumes the additional role of Global Head of Apparel. The Full Research Report on Quiksilver, Inc. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at: [http://www.investors-alliance.com/r/full_research_report/d01c_ZQK]
Under Armour Inc. Research Report
Under Armour's newest global marketing campaign showcases the latest innovation and defines the brand's vision for the future. The I Will marketing campaign features Under Armour's iconic I WILL trademark as it brings to life the passion and determination that drives all athletes and Under Armour's commitment to engineering innovative products that provide real performance advantages. Under Armour CEO and Founder Kevin Plank and Chief Operating Officer Kip Fulks introduced the new campaign and the brand's latest product innovations with the help of NFL Pro Bowler Arian Foster and former MMA Champion and Hollywood star Gina Carano. "Ten years ago Under Armour became a household name when the brand asked athletes everywhere to 'Protect this House.' The response in the iconic commercial, and throughout the years, has been the same: I WILL," said Plank. "Today, Under Armour inspires the next generation of athletes to unleash their inner resolve and our I WILL trademark confirms our promise to continuously redefine the future of performance through innovation that will help give athletes an edge." The Full Research Report on Under Armour Inc. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at: [http://www.investors-alliance.com/r/full_research_report/4379_UA]
Hanesbrands Inc. Research Report
Hanes' Innovate-to-Elevate strategy proves to work well as it provides the company the opportunity to increase its annual operating margin into the range of 12-14% over time. This strategy has successfully integrated the company's brand superiority, industry-leading innovations and low-cost supply chain to provide higher valued products while lowering production costs. The Tagless apparel platform, Smart Sizes bra platform and ComfortBlend fabric platform incorporate big-idea innovation to span brands product categories, business segment, retail and distribution channels and geographies. "Leveraging our consumer franchise, driving our margin-enhancing Innovate-to-Elevate strategy, and being good stewards of our cash flow should allow us to substantially increase earnings per share over time and drive superior shareholder returns for many years to come," Hanes Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard A. Noll said. The Full Research Report on Hanesbrands Inc. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at: [http://www.investors-alliance.com/r/full_research_report/c3e8_HBI]
Carter's, Inc. Research Report
Carter's, the largest branded marketer in the US for babies and young children's apparel, has achieved a record level for its sales and earnings in its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2012. "Our results reflect the strength of our product offerings, our focus on extending the reach of our brands, and the effectiveness of our growth initiatives," said Michael D. Casey, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "We are forecasting good growth in sales and earnings in 2013, and are planning a higher level of investments to support our growth strategies in the United States and international markets." Carter's Q4 net sales reached $6689 million, up 14%, Q4 EPS up 37% while fiscal 2012 net sales are at $2.4 billion, up 13% and fiscal EPS up at 39%. The Full Research Report on Carter's, Inc. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at: [http://www.investors-alliance.com/r/full_research_report/f42b_CRI]
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