Flat-Panel TVs Flatten Circuit City: Fool by Numbers

On Wednesday, April 4, electronics retailer Circuit City (NYSE: CC  ) released fourth-quarter and year-end results for the period ended Feb. 28. Here are the quick and dirty details for the quarter.

  • Total sales expanded a paltry 1.2% as same-store sales fell 0.5%. Management detailed that "flat-panel television average selling prices were well below the prior year, and our PC hardware business experienced volatility around the Microsoft Windows Vista operating system transition."
  • Online sales grew 50% for the year, one of the bright spots in a disappointing earnings release.
  • Diluted earnings dipped into negative territory thanks to a sizeable goodwill impairment charge, as well as store closure expenses.
  • Management expects pre-tax losses to continue during the first half of fiscal 2008 but currently projects a "strong recovery in the second half" of the year.        
  • Circuit City carries a lowly one-star rating in the Motley Fool CAPS intelligence database, while archrival Best Buy (NYSE: BBY  ) carries a higher three-star rating. Regional rival Rex Stores (NYSE: RSC  ) also carries a three-star rating. You can be the first to rate Tweeter (Nasdaq: TWTR  ) in CAPS.           

(Figures in thousands, except per-share data)

Income Statement Highlights

Q4 2007

Q4 2006

Change

Sales

$3,933,659

$3,886,385

1.2%

Net Profit

($12,209)

$141,365

N/A

EPS

($0.07)

$0.81

N/A

Diluted Shares

169,478

175,516

(3.4%)

Get back to basics with a look at the income statement.

Margin Checkup

Q4 2007

Q4 2006

Change*

Gross Margin

23.7%

24.6%

(0.9)

Operating Margin

0.2%

5.9%

(5.7)

Net Margin

(0.3%)

3.6%

(3.9)

*Expressed in percentage points.

Margins are the earnings engine.

Balance Sheet Highlights

Assets

Q4 2007

Q4 2006

Change

Cash + ST Invest.

$739,482

$837,962

(11.8%)

Accounts Rec.

$371,055

$220,869

68.0%

Inventory

$1,636,507

$1,698,026

(3.6%)

Liabilities

Q4 2007

Q4 2006

Change

Accounts Payable

$922,205

$850,359

8.4%

Long-Term Debt

$50,487

$51,985

(2.9%)

The balance sheet reflects the company's health.

Cash Flow Highlights
Fools will have to wait until Circuit City files its 10-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission for juicy cash flow details.

Free cash flow is a Fool's best friend.

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Fool contributor Ryan Fuhrmann has no financial interest in any company mentioned. Feel free to email him with feedback or to discuss any companies mentioned further. The Fool has an ironclad disclosure policy.


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