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

Equities research analysts expect that Francesca's Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:FRAN) will report earnings per share of $0.21 for the current quarter, according to Zacks Investment Research. Four analysts have made estimates for Francesca's’ earnings. The highest EPS estimate is $0.22 and the lowest is $0.20. Francesca's reported earnings of $0.39 per share during the same quarter last year, which would suggest a negative year-over-year growth rate of 46.2%. The business is scheduled to report its next quarterly earnings report on Tuesday, March 20th.

According to Zacks, 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 financial year, analysts forecast that the company will report 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 sell-side research firms 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 EPS for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.04 by ($0.03). The company had revenue of $105.80 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $106.02 million. Francesca's had a net margin of 5.52% and a return on equity of 23.19%. The business’s quarterly revenue was down 11.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $0.23 earnings per share.

Several brokerages recently commented on FRAN. B. Riley reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Francesca's in a report on Wednesday, November 1st. ValuEngine downgraded Francesca's from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, February 2nd. TheStreet downgraded Francesca's from a “c” rating to a “d+” rating in a report on Tuesday, December 5th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Francesca's from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, December 7th. Finally, SunTrust Banks set a $8.00 target price on Francesca's and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, January 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 stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $10.67.

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

In other Francesca's news, CEO Steven Paul Lawrence acquired 10,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Thursday, January 11th. The stock was purchased at an average price of $5.56 per share, for a total transaction of $55,600.00. The acquisition was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. 1.19% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the company. Koch Industries Inc. acquired a new position in shares of Francesca's in the 2nd quarter worth approximately $110,000. Cetera Advisor Networks LLC acquired a new position in shares of Francesca's in the 3rd quarter worth approximately $124,000. FNY Managed Accounts LLC acquired a new position in shares of Francesca's in the 3rd quarter worth approximately $135,000. MetLife Investment Advisors LLC acquired a new position in shares of Francesca's in the 4th quarter worth approximately $137,000. Finally, Engineers Gate Manager LP acquired a new position in shares of Francesca's in the 4th quarter worth approximately $150,000. Institutional investors own 95.39% of the company’s stock.

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Francesca's Company Profile

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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