Year to Date, Catalogers Beat the Street

Ticker symbol Company Price as of 6/5/02 52-week high 52-week low Price change (%) last month Price change (%) year to date Total debt/total capital (%)
DIRECT TO CONSUMER
FLWS 1-800-Flowers.com $10.95 $17.86 $8.20 (18.5) (29.8) 11.9
BL Blair Corp. $22.71 $23.75 $13.05 (1.2) 0.5 6.2
CWTR Coldwater Creek Corp. $19.50 $29.19 $13.13 (8.9) (7.9) 0
HNV Hanover Direct $0.33 $0.54 $0.12 (7.5) (10.8) 43.9
JILL J. Jill Group $31.39 $36.00 $10.20 3.3 45.8 13.5
LE Lands’ End $61.95 $62.00 $28.05 23.2 23.5 0
LVC Lillian Vernon Corp. $8.10 $9.10 $6.25 11 21.8 0
SPGLE Spiegel $1.52 $10.72 $1.01 7.8 (66.6) 52.5
DIRECT TO BUSINESS
BBOX Black Box $49.34 $71.48 $39.57 8.3 (6.7) 25.2
CDWC CDW Computer Centers $50.60 $60.00 $28.35 (4.8) (5.8) 0
HSIC Henry Schein $48.81 $50.59 $29.84 4.2 31.8 28.1
MSM MSC Industrial Direct $18.95 $24.36 $13.90 (12.5) (4.1) 0.4
NEB New England Business Service $26.22 $29.31 $15.86 (5.5) 36.9 61.8
PCCC PC Connection $9.80 $17.79 $6.00 (1.5) (33.9) 5.1
MALL PC Mall $4.15 $5.10 $1.38 (0.5) 2.2 3.2
PFP Premier Farnell $8.95 $10.10 $4.58 1.9 2.3 72.3
SCHS School Specialty $27.00 $35.40 $21.25 (6.4) 18 45.2
SSPY Sport Supply Group $1.10 $1.40 $0.76 2.8 15.8 34.7
TESS Tessco Technologies $13.65 $18.96 $10.64 (2.1) (20.4) 31.6
ZONS Zones $1.12 $2.16 $0.55 24.8 41.8 9.4
Source: Financial Advisory Partners and Company lilings

As the inaugural edition of our “Bulls and Bears” feature shows, on average catalog stocks have outperformed the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 so far this year.

According to Ken Packer, managing partner with Waukee, IA-based Financial Advisory Partners (which will be following a portfolio of stocks for Catalog Age), the stocks of the consumer catalogers were down an average of just over 1% since Jan. 1 — and that’s due primarily to Spiegel, whose stock price fell nearly 67% between Jan. 1 and June 5.

And the portfolio of business-to-business catalogers was up 5.3% overall since January. In comparison, both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 fell about 5% during the same time frame.

Note: In the chart at left, “total debt/total capital” refers to the percentage of capitalization represented by debt. Premier Farnell has the most debt, followed by MSC Industrial Direct and Spiegel.

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