I'm always wary when a company's earnings release trumpets revenue growth above all else, as Tuesday Morning
With the charges backed out, discount retailer Tuesday Morning grew the bottom line at 10%, which just happens to be the same level as the trumpeted top-line growth. This is all the more impressive considering that the retail environment has been pretty murky of late. Even fellow discounter TJX
That said, discount retailers should continue to fare better than their full-price brethren if the economy weakens. We all still need stuff, and there are always those things we don't need but still want, so we'll just be more selective regarding what we purchase and how much we pay for it. That plays into the hands of discounters like Tuesday Morning, TJX, and even Wal-Mart
If you own shares of Tuesday Morning, relax. The company's "treasure hunt" style of retailing seems to be steaming right along, and there's still plenty of room for new store openings. Management seems to be even-handed in allocating captial to expansion. The company has seen a gradual rise in its cash conversion cycle, though, and that bears watching.
Finally, let's not forget the company's excellent return on invested capital, which was pegged at 22% (and increasing) not too long ago by fellow Fool James Early. At that point, James estimated Tuesday Morning's weighted average cost of capital at around 10%, give or take a couple of percentage points. The large spread between the two is what makes Tuesday Morning a strong producer of capital that can be used for future growth and other purposes. Just for kicks, I decided to run through and estimate Tuesday Morning's cost of capital myself and, lo and behold, I came in at just over 11%. With that in mind, the sun should shine on Tuesday Morning just about every day for a while.
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Fool contributor Nathan Parmelee has no financial interest in any of the companies mentioned.
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