Shares of At Home Group (HOME) fell 20% on Wednesday morning after the home decor retailer provided a dismal outlook for the current quarter. The decline came even though the company reported fiscal fourth-quarter results in line with estimates.
At Home Group reported fiscal fourth-quarter adjusted earnings of $0.47 per share, just shy of the consensus for $0.48, on revenue of $354.1 million -- over $2 million more than analysts had expected. The quarter was the company's 19th straight with more than 20% sales growth and its 20th straight with comparable-store sales increases.
But investors were more focused on At Home's projections for the current quarter. The company said it expects fiscal first-quarter adjusted earnings of $0.03 to $0.04 per share, versus the $0.20 average analyst estimate, on sales between $300 million and $305 million, which fell within expectations.
At Home blamed unfavorable weather and a late-season Easter for the conservative forecast for the quarter. The company sees full fiscal 2020 adjusted earnings of $1.02 to $1.08 per share, within range of the $1.06 analyst consensus.
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This is the second straight quarter that At Home Group shares were pressured by the company's outlook, following a 34.5% share price decline in December.
The company has big plans for 2020, including growing its store base by 18%, increasing marketing efforts, and opening a new distribution center. But if Wednesday's share price reaction is any indication, investors are growing impatient waiting to see that sales growth turn into sustainable and consistent profits.