Fifth & Pacific Companies Increases Sales but Misses Estimates on Earnings

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Seth Jayson
Seth Jayson
Feb 22, 2013 at 12:00AM
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Fifth & Pacific Companies (NYSE: FNP) reported earnings on Feb. 21. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 29 (Q4), Fifth & Pacific Companies met expectations on revenues and missed estimates on earnings per share.

Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew. Non-GAAP earnings per share increased. GAAP earnings per share contracted significantly.

Gross margins expanded, operating margins increased, net margins contracted.

Revenue details
Fifth & Pacific Companies recorded revenue of $486.5 million. The five analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected to see a top line of $489.5 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 21% higher than the prior-year quarter's $402.9 million.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

EPS details
EPS came in at $0.12. The six earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.17 per share. Non-GAAP EPS of $0.12 for Q4 were 20% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.10 per share. (The prior-year quarter included -$0.19 per share in earnings from discontinued operations.) GAAP EPS of $0.47 for Q4 were 76% lower than the prior-year quarter's $1.97 per share. (The prior-year quarter included -$0.19 per share in earnings from discontinued operations.)

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

Margin details
For the quarter, gross margin was 55.5%, 20 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 7.5%, 410 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 11.7%, much worse than the prior-year quarter.


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Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $357.6 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is -$0.15.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $1.72 billion. The average EPS estimate is $0.03.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a one-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 226 members out of 318 rating the stock outperform, and 92 members rating it underperform. Among 125 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 96 give Fifth & Pacific Companies a green thumbs-up, and 29 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Fifth & Pacific Companies is outperform, with an average price target of $14.20.

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