Panera falls after disappointing results, lowered outlook Shares of national bakery-cafe operator and franchiser Panera Bread (PNRA) are falling after the company reported disappointing second quarter results and issued a weak outlook for the third quarter and full year. WHAT’S NEW: Last night, Panera reported second quarter earnings per share of $1.74 and revenue of $589M. Consensus estimates for EPS and revenue were $1.77 and $596.02M, respectively. The company also issued disappointing guidance for the third quarter and full year. They forecast third quarter EPS of $1.32-$1.36 against analyst views of $1.46. Full year EPS was lowered to $6.75-$6.85, consensus $7.05. The company said its lower EPS target reflects lower than previously expected growth in company-owned comparable bakery-cafe sales. The company lowered its target for company-owned same cafe sales growth for fiscal 2013 to 3.0% to 5.0%, from its previous target of 4.0% to 5.0%. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors, Stifel analyst Paul Westra said Panera shares appear to be fairly valued despite the company's still impressive long-term growth prospects. Stifel reiterated its Hold rating on the restaurant operator's stock. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Panera fell $13.36 or 7.34% to $168.65 on more than three times the average daily volume.
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