Zacks: Analysts Expect Francesca's Holdings Corp (FRAN) to Announce $0.21 EPS

Brokerages expect Francesca's Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:FRAN) to report earnings per share of $0.21 for the current fiscal quarter, according to Zacks. Four analysts have provided estimates for Francesca's’ earnings, with the highest EPS estimate coming in at $0.22 and the lowest estimate coming in at $0.20. Francesca's posted earnings of $0.39 per share in the same quarter last year, which indicates a negative year over year growth rate of 46.2%. The business is expected to issue its next quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, March 20th.

On average, analysts expect that Francesca's will report full-year earnings of $0.53 per share for the current year, with EPS estimates ranging from $0.52 to $0.55. For the next year, analysts expect that the firm will post earnings of $0.63 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $0.57 to $0.71. Zacks’ earnings per share calculations are a mean average based on a survey of analysts that follow Francesca's.

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

Several research analysts have recently commented on FRAN shares. B. Riley reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $8.00 target price on shares of Francesca's in a research report on Tuesday, December 5th. BidaskClub upgraded Francesca's from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, December 20th. SunTrust Banks set a $8.00 target price on Francesca's and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, January 5th. Zacks Investment Research lowered Francesca's from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, December 7th. Finally, TheStreet lowered Francesca's from a “c” rating to a “d+” rating in a research report on Tuesday, December 5th. 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 company’s stock. Francesca's currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $10.67.

In related 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 acquired at an average price of $5.56 per share, for a total transaction of $55,600.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Insiders own 1.19% of the company’s stock.

Institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the business. Cetera Advisor Networks LLC bought a new stake in shares of Francesca's in the 3rd quarter worth $124,000. FNY Managed Accounts LLC bought a new stake in shares of Francesca's in the 3rd quarter worth $135,000. MetLife Investment Advisors LLC bought a new stake in shares of Francesca's in the 4th quarter worth $137,000. Engineers Gate Manager LP bought a new stake in shares of Francesca's in the 4th quarter worth $150,000. Finally, Verition Fund Management LLC bought a new stake in shares of Francesca's in the 2nd quarter worth $224,000. 95.39% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Francesca's (NASDAQ:FRAN) opened at $5.53 on Tuesday. The company has a market capitalization of $200.07, a P/E ratio of 7.68, a PEG ratio of 0.71 and a beta of -0.05. Francesca's has a 12-month low of $5.18 and a 12-month high of $18.63.

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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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