NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Five Below (FIVE) continued its losses over Friday's session after posting disappointing holiday sales performance a day earlier. By early afternoon, the stock had shed 6.9% to $40.57.
On Thursday after the bell, the retailer said while sales over the nine-week period ended Jan. 4 climbed 25.4% to $185.3 million, comparable store sales dropped 0.5%. The company expects comparable store sales for the quarter to be down between 0.5% and 1.5%.
Based on the quarter-to-date results, the Philadelphia-based chain cut its fourth-quarter revenue guidance to between $208 million and $210 million, far less than previous guidance in the range of $211 million to $223 million.
Earnings guidance was slashed to between 44 cents and 46 cents a share from a previous 49 cents to 51 cents a share. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters had hoped for net income of 51 cents a share on $217.6 million in revenue.
TheStreet Ratings team rates FIVE BELOW INC as a Hold with a ratings score of C-. The team has this to say about their recommendation:
"We rate FIVE BELOW INC (FIVE) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed -- some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, robust revenue growth and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including premium valuation, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow."