American Eagle Outfitters Inc.

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The release of 2014 financial statements by American Eagle Outfitters and The Buckle Company require analysis to determine the financial position of the respective companies. A decision between the two companies is needed to decide which company Baruch College Fund should invest in. Findings in our research shows that The Buckle Company beats American Eagle Outfitters in terms of the key performance indicators of return on assets, profit margin, and asset turnover ratio. This information reveals that The Buckle Company is the better company to invest in.
American Eagle Outfitters Inc. uses straight-line method to find depreciation of plant and property. The estimated useful lives of its buildings is at 25 years while its leasehold improvements and fixtures and equipment have estimated useful lives of lesser of 10 years or the term of the lease and 5 years, respectively. The cost of property and equipment for the fiscal year ending February 1, 2014 was $1,594,360,000 and its book value was $632,986,000. For the fiscal year ending January 31, 2015, the cost was $1,684,709,000 and the book value was $694,856,000. The depreciation expense trend for the past three years was generally upwards. While depreciation expense decreased by $5,995,000 from fiscal year 2013 to fiscal year 2014, it increased by $15,768,000 from fiscal year 2014 to fiscal year 2015. All American Eagle Outfitters premises are leased as well as certain information technology, office space and…
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