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- The Hot Topic Inc. financial analysis covers the income statement and ratio trend-charts with balance sheets and cash flows presented on an annual and quarterly basis. The report outlines the main financial ratios pertaining to profitability, margin analysis, asset turnover, credit ratios, and company’s long-term solvency. This sort of company's information will assist and strengthen your company’s decision-making processes.
- In the part that describes Hot Topic Inc. competitors and the industry in whole, the information about company's financial ratios is compared to those of its competitors and to the industry. The unique analysis of the market and company’s competitors along with detailed information about the internal and external factors affecting the relevant industry will help to manage your business environment. Your company’s business and sales activities will be boosted by gaining an insight into your competitors’ businesses.
- Also the report provides relevant news, an analysis of PR-activity, and stock price movements. The latter are correlated with pertinent news and press releases, and annual and quarterly forecasts are given by a variety of experts and market research firms. Such information creates your awareness about principal trends of Hot Topic Inc. business.
About Hot Topic Inc.
Hot Topic, Inc. is a mall and web-based specialty retailer. The company operates Hot Topic and Torrid store concepts, as well as an e-space music discovery concept, ShockHound.
The company sells a selection of music/pop culture-licensed and music/pop culture-influenced apparel, accessories, music, and gift items for young men and women principally between the ages of 12 and 22. At Torrid, the company sells apparel, lingerie, shoes, and accessories for plus-size females principally between the ages of 15 and 29.
The company sells merchandise on its websites www.hottopic.com and www.torrid.com, which reflect the Hot Topic and Torrid store concepts and sell merchandise similar to that sold in the respective stores. At ShockHound, through website www.shockhound.com, the company sells music merchandise and MP3s. As of December 31, 2009, the company operated 680 Hot Topic stores throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, and 156 Torrid stores in 35 states.
The companys Hot Topic stores serve as a focal point for music/pop culture-licensed and music/pop culture-influenced apparel, accessories, music, and gift items. Music/pop culture-licensed merchandise includes tee shirts, hats, posters, stickers, patches, books, novelty accessories, CDs and DVDs. Music/pop culture-influenced merchandise includes womens and mens apparel and accessories, such as woven and knit tops, skirts, pants, shorts, jackets, shoes, costume jewelry, body jewelry, sunglasses, cosmetics, leather accessories, and gift items. Approximately 180 different licensed band tee shirts are represented in Hot Topic stores from artists.
The companys target customers are young men and women between the ages of 12 and 22 who are passionate about music and pop culture.
The companys Hot Topic stores compete with street alternative and vintage clothing stores located primarily in metropolitan areas and with other shopping mall-based teenage-focused retailers, such as Abercrombie & Fitch; Aeropostale; American Eagle Outfitters; Bebe, Inc.; Charlotte Russe Holding, Inc.; Claires Stores, Inc.; Gap, Inc.; Forever 21; Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc.; Spencer Gifts, Inc.; H&M; The Buckle; Tweenbrands, Inc.; Wet Seal, Inc.; Urban Outfitters, Inc.; Rue 21; and Zumiez, Inc. It also competes with big-box discount stores such as Target Corporation and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.; and with music stores such as Barnes & Noble, Inc., Best Buy Co., Inc. and Borders Group, Inc.
The companys Torrid stores compete with traditional department stores, local specialty stores and junior teen retailers that offer a combination of junior and plus-sizes, such as Alloy, Inc., Charming Shoppes, Inc., Deb Shops, Delias Corp. and Forever 21.
ShockHound faces competition from companies, such as Apple Inc., Amazon.com Inc., eMusic.com, Inc., LiveNation.com, MySpace, Inc., OldGlory.com, and Shop.BravadoUsa.com.
Hot Topic, Inc. was founded in 1988.
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1. HOT TOPIC INC. COMPANY PROFILE
1.1. Key facts
1.2. Financial Performance
1.3. Key Executives
1.4. Ownership and Major Holders
1.5. Company History
2. HOT TOPIC INC. BUSINESS OVERVIEW
2.1. Business Description
2.2. Major Products and Services
2.3. Markets and Sales Activities
2.4. Locations, Subsidiaries, Operating Units
3. HOT TOPIC INC. SWOT ANALYSIS
4. HOT TOPIC INC. FINANCIAL ANALYSIS
4.1. Financial Statements
4.1.1. Income Statement
4.1.2. Balance Sheet
4.1.3. Cash Flow
4.2. Financial Ratios
4.2.2. Margin Analysis
4.2.3. Asset Turnover
4.2.4. Credit Ratios
4.2.5. Long-Term Solvency
4.2.6. Growth Over Prior Year
4.2.7. Financial Ratios Charts
4.3. Stock Market Snapshot
5. HOT TOPIC INC. COMPETITORS AND INDUSTRY ANALYSIS
5.1. Hot Topic Inc. Direct Competitors
5.2. Comparison of Hot Topic Inc. and Direct Competitors Financial Ratios
5.3. Comparison of Hot Topic Inc. and Direct Competitors Stock Charts
5.4. Hot Topic Inc. Industry Analysis
5.4.1. Retail Industry Snapshot
5.4.2. Hot Topic Inc. Industry Position Analysis
6. HOT TOPIC INC. NEWS & EVENTS
6.1. News & PR Activity Analysis
6.2. IR Corporate News
6.3. Marketing News
6.4. Corporate Events
7. HOT TOPIC INC. EXPERTS REVIEW1
7.1. Experts Opinion
7.2. Experts Estimates
8. HOT TOPIC INC. ENHANCED SWOT ANALYSIS2
9. UNITED STATES PESTEL ANALYSIS2
9.1. Political Factors
9.2. Economic Factors
9.3. Social Factors
9.4. Technological Factors
9.5. Environmental Factors
9.6. Legal Factors
10. HOT TOPIC INC. IFE, EFE, IE MATRICES2
10.1. Internal Factor Evaluation Matrix
10.2. External Factor Evaluation Matrix
10.3. Internal External Matrix
11. HOT TOPIC INC. PORTER FIVE FORCES ANALYSIS2
12. HOT TOPIC INC. VRIO ANALYSIS2
APPENDIX: RATIO DEFINITIONS
LIST OF TABLES
Hot Topic Inc. Key Facts
Income Statement Key Figures
Balance Sheet Key Figures
Cash Flow Statement Key Figures
Financial Performance Abbreviation Guide
Hot Topic Inc. Key Executives
Key Executives Biographies1
Key Executives Compensations1
Hot Topic Inc. Major Shareholders
Hot Topic Inc. History
Hot Topic Inc. Products
Revenues by Segment
Revenues by Region
Hot Topic Inc. Offices and Representations
Hot Topic Inc. SWOT Analysis
Yearly Income Statement Including Trends
Income Statement Latest 4 Quarters Including Trends
Yearly Balance Sheet Including Trends
Balance Sheet Latest 4 Quarters Including Trends
Yearly Cash Flow Including Trends
Cash Flow Latest 4 Quarters Including Trends
Hot Topic Inc. Profitability Ratios
Margin Analysis Ratios
Asset Turnover Ratios
Long-Term Solvency Ratios
Financial Ratios Growth Over Prior Year
Hot Topic Inc. Capital Market Snapshot
Hot Topic Inc. Direct Competitors Key Facts
Direct Competitors Profitability Ratios
Direct Competitors Margin Analysis Ratios
Direct Competitors Asset Turnover Ratios
Direct Competitors Credit Ratios
Direct Competitors Long-Term Solvency Ratios
Retail Industry Statistics
Hot Topic Inc. Industry Position
Company vs. Industry Income Statement Analysis
Company vs. Industry Balance Sheet Analysis
Company vs. Industry Cash Flow Analysis
Company vs. Industry Ratios Comparison
Hot Topic Inc. Consensus Recommendations1
Analyst Recommendation Summary1
Price Target Summary1
Experts Recommendation Trends1
Revenue Estimates Analysis1
Earnings Estimates Analysis1
Revenue Estimates Trend1
Earnings Estimates Trend1
LIST OF FIGURES
Hot Topic Inc. Annual Revenues in Comparison with Cost of Goods Sold and Gross Profit
Profit Margin Chart
Operating Margin Chart
Return on Equity (ROE) Chart
Return on Assets (ROA) Chart
Debt to Equity Chart
Current Ratio Chart
Hot Topic Inc. 1-year Stock Charts
Hot Topic Inc. 5-year Stock Charts
Hot Topic Inc. vs. Main Indexes 1-year Stock Chart
Hot Topic Inc. vs. Direct Competitors 1-year Stock Charts
Hot Topic Inc. Article Density Chart
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SWOT, which stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats, is an analytical framework that identifies the internal and external factors that are favorable and unfavorable for a company.
Enhanced SWOT Analysis
Enhanced SWOT is a 3×3 grid that arranges strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats into one scheme:
- How to use the strengths to take advantage of the opportunities?
- How to use the strengths to reduce likelihood and impact of the threats?
- How to overcome the weaknesses that obstruct taking advantage of the opportunities?
- How to overcome the weaknesses that can make the threats a reality?
Upon answering these questions a company can develop a project plan to improve its business performance.
PESTEL (also termed as PESTLE) is an ideal tool to strategically analyze what influence different outside factors – political, economic, sociocultural, technological, environmental and legal – exert on a business to later chart its long term targets.
Being part of the external analysis when carrying out a strategic assessment or performing a market study, PESTEL gives an overview of diverse macro-environmental factors that any company should thoughtfully consider. By perceiving these outside environments, businesses can maximally benefit from the opportunities while minimizing the threats to the organization.
Key Factors Examined by PESTEL Analysis:
- Political – What opportunities and pressures are brought by political bodies and what is the degree of public regulations’ impact on the business?
- Economic – What economic policies, trends and structures are expected to affect the organization, what is this influence’s degree?
- Sociological – What cultural and societal aspects will work upon the demand for the business’s products and operations?
- Technological – What impact do the technological aspects, innovations, incentives and barriers have on the organization?
- Environmental – What environmental and ecological facets, both locally and farther afield, are likely to predetermine the business?
- Legal – What laws and legislation will exert influence on the style the business is carried out?
IFE, EFE, IE Matrices
The Internal Factor Evaluation matrix (IFE matrix) is a strategic management tool helping audit or evaluate major weaknesses and strengths in a business’s functional areas. In addition, IFE matrix serves as a basis for identifying and assessing relationships amongst those areas. The IFE matrix is utilised in strategy formulation.
The External Factor Evaluation matrix (EFE matrix) is a tool of strategic management that is typically utilised to assess current market conditions. It is an ideal instrument for visualising and prioritising the threats and opportunities a firm is facing.
The essential difference between the above mentioned matrices lies in the type of factors incorporated in the model; whilst the latter is engaged in internal factors, the former deals exceptionally with external factors – those exposed to social, political, economic, legal, etc. external forces.
Being a continuation of the EFE matrix and IFE matrix models, the Internal External matrix (IE matrix) rests upon an investigation of external and internal business factors integrated into one suggestive model.
Porter Five Forces Analysis
The Porter’s five forces analysis studies the industry of operation and helps the company find new sources of competitive advantage. The analysis surveys an industry through five major questions:
- What composes a threat of substitute products and services?
- Is there a threat of new competitors entering the market?
- What is the intensity of competitive rivalry?
- How big is the bargaining power of buyers?
- How significant is the bargaining power of suppliers?
VRIO stands for Value, Rarity, Imitability, Organization. This analysis helps to evaluate all company’s resources and capabilities and bring them together into one aggregate table that includes:
- Tangible resources
- Intangible resources
- Innovation and Creativity
- Organizational capabilities
The result of the analysis gives a clear picture of company’s competitive and economic implications, answering the questions if the resources mentioned above are:
- Costly to imitate?
- Organized properly?