Today, Austin discusses why Deckers Outdoor (NYSE:DECK) has struggled so much in 2012. The company has lost 40% so far this year despite a five-year annual average growth rate of 35%. Simply put, the growth outran the company’s fundamentals. The company's overreliance on its UGGs brand resulted in margin compression following cost spikes, and similar issues threaten the company's future. But the company responded by opening its own vertically integrated retail stores that should boost margins and distribute its product more widely. Coupled with great growth opportunities and lowered costs, this gives the stock a lot of potential going forward.
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