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Asos.com is the UK's largest online fashion and beauty store, attracting over one million visitors a week.
ASOS shares climb on thumbs-up from brokerSeptember 07 2012, 12:33pm
Analyst David Reynolds kicked off coverage of the stock with a ‘buy’ rating and 2,199 pence target price and praised the company for creating a lasting brand in a competitive retail environment.
Shares lifted 93 pence or almost five per cent to 1,993 pence.
“Our thesis rests on three key ideas: ASOS is a dynamic disruptor in a surprisingly staid industry, the business model defines operational leverage and delivers strong RoIC [return on invested capital] and lastly, our proprietary brand analysis indicates real competitive advantage,” said the analyst.
“ASOS has built a competitive UK brand that has cracked the staid, but fragmented fashion retail arena,” Reynolds added.
“Their share of influence is growing, more so among the key influencers; in fashion, that's gold dust.”
Although the brand is efficient and affordable, Reynolds thinks ASOS falls short on style.
He reckons it needs to take a look at the model put forward by tech giant Apple, which opened a limited number of flagship outlets and “redefined the retail experience”. This, he says, will help build the style element of the brand.