$137.00 Million in Sales Expected for Francesca's Holdings Corp (FRAN) This Quarter

Analysts expect Francesca's Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:FRAN) to announce sales of $137.00 million for the current fiscal quarter, according to Zacks Investment Research. Four analysts have made estimates for Francesca's’ earnings, with the lowest sales estimate coming in at $134.90 million and the highest estimate coming in at $139.10 million. Francesca's posted sales of $146.35 million in the same quarter last year, which suggests a negative year over year growth rate of 6.4%. The business is scheduled to issue its next quarterly earnings report on Tuesday, March 20th.

On average, analysts expect that Francesca's will report full year sales of $137.00 million for the current financial year, with estimates ranging from $468.10 million to $472.30 million. For the next year, analysts forecast that the firm will post sales of $497.05 million per share, with estimates ranging from $484.00 million to $505.80 million. Zacks’ sales averages are a mean average based on a survey of sell-side research analysts that that provide coverage for Francesca's.

Francesca's (NASDAQ:FRAN) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, December 5th. The specialty retailer reported $0.01 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.04 by ($0.03). Francesca's had a net margin of 5.52% and a return on equity of 23.19%. The business had revenue of $105.80 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $106.02 million. During the same quarter last year, the business earned $0.23 EPS. The company’s quarterly revenue was down 11.5% on a year-over-year basis.

A number of research analysts have recently issued reports on FRAN shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Francesca's from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, November 7th. B. Riley reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Francesca's in a research report on Wednesday, November 1st. TheStreet lowered Francesca's from a “c” rating to a “d+” rating in a research report on Tuesday, December 5th. BidaskClub raised Francesca's from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, December 20th. Finally, ValuEngine downgraded Francesca's from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Sunday, December 31st. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the stock. Francesca's presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $10.67.

In other news, CEO Steven Paul Lawrence acquired 10,000 shares of Francesca's stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, January 11th. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $5.56 per share, with a total value of $55,600.00. The purchase was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. 1.19% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the business. Vanguard Group Inc. increased its stake in shares of Francesca's by 11.5% in the 2nd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 3,900,598 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $42,673,000 after acquiring an additional 402,270 shares during the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP increased its stake in shares of Francesca's by 6.8% in the 2nd quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 2,181,920 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $23,871,000 after acquiring an additional 138,799 shares during the last quarter. Paradigm Capital Management Inc. NY increased its stake in shares of Francesca's by 152.8% in the 3rd quarter. Paradigm Capital Management Inc. NY now owns 1,935,300 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $14,244,000 after acquiring an additional 1,169,786 shares during the last quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC increased its stake in shares of Francesca's by 54.7% in the 2nd quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC now owns 1,467,706 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $16,057,000 after acquiring an additional 519,206 shares during the last quarter. Finally, State Street Corp increased its stake in shares of Francesca's by 13.4% in the 2nd quarter. State Street Corp now owns 1,371,081 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $15,000,000 after acquiring an additional 162,352 shares during the last quarter.

Francesca's (NASDAQ FRAN) opened at $5.52 on Monday. Francesca's has a 52-week low of $5.31 and a 52-week high of $19.09. The stock has a market capitalization of $199.71, a P/E ratio of 7.67, a PEG ratio of 0.70 and a beta of -0.05.

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About Francesca's

Francesca’s Holdings Corporation is a holding company. The Company is a specialty retailer, which operates a chain of boutiques across the United States. The Company offers a mix of apparel, jewelry, accessories and gifts. As of January 28, 2017, the Company operated 671 boutiques in 48 states and the District of Columbia, and also served its customers through www.francescas.com, its e-commerce Website.

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