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Stitch Fix Is no Longer a Buy, Says Prominent Analyst

By Eric Volkman - Dec 11, 2020 at 4:14PM

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It's not because the company lacks potential, he believes.

One noted stock analyst has scratched Stitch Fix ( SFIX 6.95% ) off his holiday gift list. After market hours on Thursday, it was reported that Goldman Sachs ( GS 2.95% ) prognosticator Heath Terry downgraded his recommendation on the stock to neutral from the previous buy. Meanwhile, he's maintaining his $58 per-share-price target.

It's not that Terry believes the company lacks potential. In fact, he delivered the following more upbeat statement:

We continue to believe the opportunity for StitchFix is significant as the apparel category recovers and the share shift to e-commerce that has happened during the pandemic becomes more apparent, operations normalize, incremental revenue streams like Direct Buy outgrow the core, and retail store closures further force consumers online.

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The issue is the stock price, which has risen by nearly 50% this month alone. This was on the back of Stitch Fix's Q1 of fiscal 2021 results, in which it blew past analyst expectations with a 10% year-over-year increase in revenue, which is particularly meaningful given the pullback in spending on non-essential items by many consumers.

The company also flipped unexpectedly to a net profit under generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), although it was still in the red on a non-GAAP (adjusted) basis.

In the analyst's estimation, while Stitch Fix could have a bright future (particularly within a broad recovery in the apparel sector), in the near term its bottom line will be affected by significant investments it's making in a number of areas. This leads to some uncertainty about the company's profitability, hence the downgrade.

In mid-afternoon trading on Friday, Stitch Fix was up marginally, currently trading at $59.32.

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