The bleeding has stopped, but electronics retailer RadioShack
As with last quarter, turnaround specialist Julian Day continues to deftly cut costs and maximize cash generation through working capital efficiencies as well as the "more prudent allocation of capital expenditures." The financial discipline boiled down to second-quarter earnings of $0.34 after a loss in last year's quarter. The bottom-line improvement also beat analyst expectations, but sales continue to fall, meaning Day has yet to compel customers to increasingly shop at RadioShack.
The former management team had turned to wireless sales, but any benefits proved short-lived, as the space is overly competitive. In addition to big-box giants such as Best Buy
Gross margin did improve during the quarter, suggesting that RadioShack is seeing the benefits from closing underperforming stores. Its merchandise mix is also beginning to improve; the earnings press release cited "improved inventory management and a more profitable product mix," as well as lower selling, general, and administrative costs (thanks to a closer eye on payroll and advertising expenses).
But with a 15% overall drop in sales and a putrid same-store sales decline of 8.9%, management still has quite a ways to go to convince investors and consumers that RadioShack is here to stay. Granted, a lower cost structure and better cash flow generation benefit shareholders, and has worked wonders for Sears
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