With half of 2012 in the record books, it's important to take a look at whether the stocks that interest you can live up to their full potential. By making sure you know about a company's future plans and possible challenges, you can make a better decision about whether it's a smart investment for your portfolio.
Today, let's take a look at Rite Aid
Stats on Rite Aid
|Average Stock Price Target||$1.88|
|Fiscal 2013 EPS Estimate||($0.15)|
|Fiscal 2014 EPS Estimate||($0.08)|
|Fiscal 2013 Sales Growth Estimate||(2.6%)|
|Fiscal 2014 Sales Growth Estimate||0.6%|
|CAPS Rating (out of 5)||*|
Source: Yahoo! Finance.
How will Rite Aid do the rest of the year?
For years, Rite Aid has been the odd company out in the drugstore retail space. Even as Walgreen
But now, Rite Aid has a chance to shine. By attracting the customers that Walgreen has had to turn away because of its disagreement with Express Scripts
It won't be an easy trip, though. Rite Aid has a lot of debt, and even in a favorable interest rate environment, it will be hard for the company to restructure its debt to make it more manageable. In the end, the company may have to do a severely dilutive share offering or take some other draconian measures to raise capital to get its debt under control.
Investors interested in Rite Aid should look first to see whether the company can start making money. That seems like a reasonable first hurdle before committing your hard-earned money to what's been a penny stock for years. You may miss out on some profits if that comes to pass, but the risk of the stock being dead money in your portfolio is simply too great at this point.
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Fool contributor Dan Caplinger doesn't own shares of the companies mentioned. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Express Scripts. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Fool has a disclosure policy.