Shares of the off-price retailer declined 9.4% on Thursday to $151.51.
The company said sales in the quarter were nearly $2 billion, below forecasts of $2.06 billion, while same-store sales in the period increased 1.3% but missed Wall Street's forecast of 3.2%.
"Despite our fourth-quarter sales performance coming in below our expectations, we nevertheless exceeded our Adjusted EPS guidance through disciplined expense management," said CEO Tom Kingsbury in a statement. "It is important to note that the fourth quarter represented our most difficult fiscal 2018 one- and two-year quarterly comparable store sales comparisons.
"While we are disappointed with how the year ended from a sales perspective, we did have a solid fiscal 2018 on both the top and bottom line. We remain confident in our business model and long-term prospects for growth, and still expect fiscal 2019 adjusted EPS to increase low double digits on a comparable basis vs. fiscal 2018," Kingsbury said.
Burlington said it sees adjusted earnings in 2019 of $6.93 to $7.06 a share vs. analysts' estimates of $7.06.
The company said it expects net sales in 2019 to rise 9% to 10%, with same-store sales up 2% to 3%. Analysts surveyed by FactSet were calling for sales at stores open at least a year to rise 2.8%.