Why Crocs Shares Got Crushed

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What: Shares of plastic shoe specialist Crocs (NASDAQ: CROX  ) plummeted 21% today after its quarterly results and outlook easily missed Wall Street expectations.

So what: It's no secret that Crocs has been trying desperately to diversify beyond its core plastic clogs, but today's second-quarter results -- earnings fell 43% on revenue growth of just 10% -- coupled with downbeat guidance for the current quarter squashes any optimism on Wall Street that the strategy is working. While management blamed the weak sales in U.S. and Europe on colder-than-normal temperatures, investors are naturally concerned that it's instead a sign of declining popularity and a rapidly weakening competitive position.

Now what: Management now sees third-quarter EPS of $0.20 to $0.23 on revenue of $300 million to $310 million, well below the consensus of $0.36 and $325.3 million. "The fundamentals of the business remain strong as the balance of the revenue around the globe and the strengthening retail performance outside of Japan solidify our long-term sustainable growth expectations for revenue," CFO Jeffrey Lashley reassured analysts on a conference call. Given Crocs' seemingly permanent faddish and fickle nature, however, I wouldn't be so quick to bet on that optimism.

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  • Report this Comment On July 25, 2013, at 11:17 PM, JT1951 wrote:

    Anyone who has worn a pair of Crocs for a few days will have a hard time going back to regular shoes. They are without a doubt the closest thing to freedom for your feet you can wear.

    In Asia there are many Crocs knock offs that are selling for $6 rather than $60. However you still see many people wearing the original Crocs. The original Crocs shoe material wears many times longer than the cheap copies.

    Company financials are strong and this is only a setback not the end of the Crocs story.

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