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March 26, 2014
11:40 EDTDLIA, BKE, CACH, TLYS, FRANFrancesca's sinks after results, guidance trail expectations
Shares of Francesca's (FRAN), which operates retail boutiques offering fashion apparel, jewelry, accessories and gifts, are falling after the company's fourth quarter results and first quarter guidance trailed expectations. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Francesca's reported Q4 adjusted earnings per share of 27c and revenue of $92.1M, compared to expectations of 28c and $94.33M, respectively. The company reported Q4 same store sales declined 6%. Francesca's forecast Q1 EPS of 20c-24c and Q1 revenue of $85M-$90M, compared to expectations of 28c and $92.05M, respectively. The company forecast Q1 SSS to be down in the low single-digits to up in the low single-digits. The company plans to open approximately 60 new boutiques during Q1. For fiscal year 2014, Francesca's sees EPS of $1.16-$1.31, compared to consensus $1.26, and FY14 revenue of $391M-$409M, versus consensus of about $405M. Francesca's CEO Neill Davis stated, "The headwinds our business experienced as we progressed through January have continued into Q1, impacting our ability to clear through seasonal fall and winter products and resulting in the delay of spring season full-price selling. Although initial customer reaction to our spring apparel fashion is strong, clarity and timing of Spring 2014 customer buying trends remain uncertain." PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Francesca's fell $2.71, or about 13%, to $18.15 on more than twice its average daily trading volume. Including today's slide, the stock has lost about 40% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other specialty fashion and accessory retailers include Cache (CACH), dELiA's (DLIA), The Buckle (BKE) and Tilly's (TLYS).
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November 20, 2015
10:49 EDTBKE, TLYSAbercrombie & Fitch soars after reporting upbeat Q3 earnings
Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) shares jumped in morning trading after the company reported better than expected quarterly earnings. WHAT'S NEW: Before the market open, Abercrombie & Fitch reported third quarter adjusted earnings per share of 48c on revenue of $878.6M. The consensus was for EPS of 22c on revenue of $864.65M. The company said that the adjusted EPS figure included year-over-year adverse effects from changes in foreign currency exchange rates amounting to roughly 13c. Commenting on the earnings, executive chairman Arthur Martinez said that the company's results "exceeded" expectations and "provide the strongest validation yet" that the retailer's initiatives are working. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On its Q3 earnings conference call, Abercrombie said that it is eyeing expansion outside of the U.S., aiming to roll out multiple new capabilities in the U.K. The company added that it saw growth in China in the past quarter and plans to add mobile enhancements in China in 2016. STREET RESEARCH: A day before Abercrombie's Q3 earnings release, Susquehanna analyst Thomas Filandro said that the retailer was "well positioned" for the holiday season, though weather and international unrest may lead to a higher degree of near-term uncertainty. Filandro said that his firm sees improved holiday performance as Abercrombie shifts focus on an improved in-store experience, growing U.S. outlets, closing underperforming stores, and evolving its merchandise assortment. The analyst reiterated a Positive rating and a $26 price target on the company's stock. After the retailer reported earnings, KeyBanc analyst Edward Yruma maintained an Overweight rating on Abercrombie's shares, saying that the company's better than expected quarter was "particularly impressive" in light of the recent weakness in the retail sector. Yruma said that the company's new brand initiatives are taking hold and that greater expense control and reduced promotional activity are improving the well-being of the business. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Abercrombie & Fitch rallied over 18% to $23.00. OTHERS TO WATCH: American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) was up just under 3%, Aeropostale (ARO) gained 0.75%, Tilly's (TLYS) rallied 3.4%, Urban Outfitters (URBN) jumped more than 4%, Buckle (BKE) was up just under 1%, and Express (EXPR) fell fractionally in morning trading.
07:44 EDTFRANFrancesca's raises Q3 EPS view to 15c-16c from 12c-15c, consensus 15c
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07:36 EDTFRANFrancesca's announces CFO resignation, appoints Cindy Thomassee as Interim CFO
Francesca's announced that its CFO, Mark Vendetti, has resigned from the company effective December 4, to accept a CFO position at another publicly traded company. Cindy Thomassee, Francesca's current VP of Accounting, has been appointed to the role of Interim CFO and will report directly to CEO Michael Barnes while the company conducts a search for a CFO.
November 19, 2015
07:01 EDTBKEThe Buckle reports Q3 EPS 74c, consensus 78c
Reports Q3 revenue $280.2M, consensus $281.43M. Comparable store net sales for the 13-week period ended October 31, 2015 decreased 5.2% from comparable store net sales for the prior year 13-week period ended November 1, 2014. Online sales increased 13.6% to $25.9M for the 13-week period ended October 31, 2015, compared to net sales of $22.8M for the 13-week period ended November 1, 2014.
November 18, 2015
14:38 EDTBKENotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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10:55 EDTBKEThe Buckle volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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