On Oct. 26, 1-800-Flowers (NASDAQ:FLWS) released first-quarter 2007 earnings for the period ending Oct. 1, 2006.

  • Both sales and per-share earnings exceeded analyst expectations, thanks to nearly 22% growth on the top line.
  • Operating margin improved by nearly two points thanks to cost controls.
  • Accordingly, management says that full-year guidance of 17% to 20% growth in sales and 100% growth in per-share earnings is still achievable.

(Figures in thousands, except per-share data)

Income Statement Highlights

Avg. Est.

Q1 2007

Q1 2006

Change

Sales

$132,670

$137,132

$112,765

21.6%

Net Profit

--

($7,419)

($6,626)

N/A

EPS

($0.12)

($0.11)

($0.10)

N/A

Diluted Shares

65,195

65,088

0.2%



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Margin Checkup

Q1 2007

Q1 2006

Change*

Gross Margin

39.97%

40.82%

(0.85)

Operating Margin

(7.88%)

(9.87%)

1.99

Net Margin

(5.41%)

(5.88%)

0.47

*Expressed in percentage points.

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Balance Sheet Highlights

Assets

Q1 2007

Q1 2006

Change

Cash + ST Invest.

$9,698

$10,580

(8.3%)

Accounts Rec.

$19,993

$12,930

54.6%

Inventory

$74,535

$46,310

60.9%



Liabilities

Q1 2007

Q1 2006

Change

Accounts Payable

$70,260

$70,790

(0.7%)

Debt and Leases

$124,888

$4,120

2931.3%



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Cash Flow Checkup

Q1 2007*

Q1 2006*

Change

Cash From Ops.

($45,095)

($27,056)

N/A

Capital Expenditures

$6,146

$7,196

(14.6%)

Free Cash Flow

($51,241)

($34,252)

N/A

*Trailing-12-month total

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