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In doing some research on ANF, I updated its Ranking for FY '99 and Q2 00 (this to follow) - so I thought I'd share ! This is my first public posting of a ranking I've done, so please pardon the errors - and feel free to point them out.

- iSavant



                 Abercrombie & Fitch                                 Gap           Limited      Amer Eagle
                     FY '99         FY '98     Year-over-Year FY '99 1/29/2000  FY '99 1/2000     FY '99
                     1/29/00        1/30/98       Growth           1/29/00         1/29/00        1/29/00
Income Statement . . .
  Sales               1,042,056        815,804     27.7%            11,635,398      9,723,334        832,104
  Cost of Goods S       576,473        471,853     22.2%             6,775,262      6,365,857        475,596
  Net Income            149,604        102,062     46.6%              1,127,065        460,759        48,742
  Shares Outstand       102,100        102,018     0.1%

Balance Sheet . . .
  Cash & Equivale       147,908        163,564     -9.6%               450,352        817,268         76,581
  Current Assets        300,217        218,235     37.6%              2,197,790     2,246,277        262,562
  Short-term Debt             0              0    No Debt              168,961        250,000              0
  Current Liabili       137,866        122,345     12.7%             1,752,879      1,238,206         88,425
  Long-term Debt          9,206         10,828    -15.0%                784,925       400,000          1,702
                                                                              1              1              1Competitors
Margins & Ratios . . .
  Gross Margins            44.7%          42.2%     2.5                   41.8%          34.5%          42.8%      39.7%
  Net Margins              14.4%          12.5%     1.8                    9.7%           4.7%           5.9%       6.8%
  Cash-to-Debt             16.07          15.11    6.4%                    0.47           1.26          44.99       0.84
  Net Cash              138702.0       152736.0    -9.2%              -503534.0       167268.0        74879.0   -87129.0
  Fool Flow Ratio           1.10           0.45   147.2%                   1.10           1.45           2.10       1.55


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Ranking Rule Makers

1) Brand          Points (0-1)                                3) Financial Dire Points (0-3)
Familiarity                    1                              Sales Growth                   3
Openness                       1                              Gross Margins                  3
Optimism                       1                              Net Margins                    3
Legitimacy                     1                              Shares Outstandin              2
Inevitability                  0                              Cash-to-Debt                   2
Solitariness                   0                              Fool Flow Ratio                0
Humor                          0                              Expansion Potenti              1
  Subtotal                     4                                Subtotal                    14

2) Financial Loca Points (0-2)                                4) Monopoly Statu Points (0-4)
Mass Market Habit              1                              Gross Margins                  2
Gross Margins                  1                              Net Margins                    4
Net Margins                    2                              Net Cash                       4
Cash-to-Debt                   2                              Fool Flow Ratio                4
Fool Flow Ratio                1                              Convenience                    4
Your Interest                  1                                Subtotal                    18
  Subtotal                     8
                                                              5) Your  Enjoymen              1

                   Total Score               45 Second Tier
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