The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended April 28 (Q1), Stage Stores beat expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew and GAAP loss per share didn't change. The non-GAAP profit was a surprise, as analysts had predicted a loss.
Gross margins increased, operating margins grew, net margins were steady.
Stage Stores logged revenue of $366.0 million. The two analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated net sales of $357.9 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 5.5% higher than the prior-year quarter's $346.5 million.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
EPS came in at $0.05. The six earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast -$0.03 per share. GAAP EPS of -$0.01 were the same as 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 25.7%, 110 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 0.0%, 30 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -0.1%, about the same as the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $367.9 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.33.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $1.59 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.13.
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 40 members out of 61 rating the stock outperform, and 21 members rating it underperform. Among 18 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 15 give Stage Stores a green thumbs-up, and three give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Stage Stores is outperform, with an average price target of $19.00.
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