For the fiscal fourth quarter the clothing retailer posted earnings of 57 cents a share, missing the Capital IQ Consensus Estimate of 59 cents a share by 2 cents. Revenue fell 2.2% from the year-ago period to $715.8 million, compared to analysts' expectations of $721.5 million.
Looking to the fiscal first quarter Express announced it expects earnings of between 12 cents a share and 18 cents a share. Analysts expect earnings of 42 cents a share for the quarter.
For the full-year fiscal 2014 Express expects earnings of between $1.03 and $1.23 a share, compared to analysts' estimates of $1.59 a share.
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TheStreet Ratings team rates EXPRESS INC as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:
"We rate EXPRESS INC (EXPR) 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 revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and generally higher debt management risk."
Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:
- The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 7.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 7.3%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
- The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the Specialty Retail industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 10.6% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $17.42 million to $19.27 million.
- Despite currently having a low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.47, it is higher than that of the industry average, inferring that management of debt levels may need to be evaluated further. Despite the fact that EXPR's debt-to-equity ratio is mixed in its results, the company's quick ratio of 0.57 is low and demonstrates weak liquidity.
- Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $1.11 million or 92.55% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
- You can view the full analysis from the report here: EXPR Ratings Report