The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Jan. 28 (Q4), Talbots beat expectations on revenues and missed expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue shrank slightly, while GAAP loss per share improved.
Margins shrank across the board.
Talbots booked revenue of $289.4 million. The nine analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected to see a top line of $269.6 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 1.1% lower than the prior-year quarter's $292.6 million.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
Non-GAAP EPS came in at -$0.52. The 10 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated -$0.51 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS were -$0.77 for Q4, compared to -$0.04 per share for the prior-year quarter.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 24.1%, 510 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was -14.5%, 1,430 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -18.4%, 1,740 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $284.4 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is -$0.07.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $1.09 billion. The average EPS estimate is -$0.63.
The stock has a one-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 168 members rating the stock outperform and 216 members rating it underperform. Among 125 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 46 give Talbots a green thumbs-up, and 79 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Talbots is hold, with an average price target of $2.64.
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