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Why Prestige Brands Holdings Inc. Shares Lost Their Prestige Today

By Alex Planes – Feb 6, 2014 at 1:32PM

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What: Shares of Prestige Brands Holdings (PBH 0.20%) are trading nearly 12% lower today after the company took an ugly swing and completely whiffed on both its earnings and its forward guidance for the full year.

So what: Wall Street had been expecting revenue of $156.8 million and earnings of $0.39 per share for Prestige Brands' fiscal third quarter. But the company came in with revenue of just $146.2 million (a 9% year over year decline) and $0.30 in EPS. Worse still, Prestige Brands now expects to finish the full year with EPS in the range of $1.48 to $1.52, which is weaker than its earlier EPS guidance of $1.65 and well below Wall Street's $1.67 consensus.

Now what: Prestige Brands blamed the weak quarter on "inventory reductions as a result of soft foot traffic, the return of several competing brands to the marketplace, and a weak cough/cold season." When you can't sustain your momentum once competitors get back in the game, that raises concerns about your value proposition as a company and as an investment. On the other hand, this latest guidance update pegs Prestige Brands' full-year growth at roughly 20% over its last fiscal year. That's still respectable for a company that boasts a P/E of just 15.6. You might want to keep a closer eye on this stock, particularly if it slides further into value territory.

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