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What: Shares of department store operator Kohl's (NYSE:KSS) slumped on Thursday after the company reported mixed first-quarter earnings, falling short of analyst expectations for revenue. By noon, Kohl's stock had fallen by about 11.5%.
So what: Kohl's reported revenue of $4.12 billion, up 1.3% year-over-year, driven by 1.4% comparable-store sales growth. This fell short of the average analyst estimate for revenue by $70 million, and was modestly below the company's original expectations for the quarter, according to CEO Kevin Mansell.
Kohl's reported EPS of $0.63, up 5% year-over-year and eight cents better than what analysts were expecting. The earnings results were buoyed by a more balanced promotional environment compared to the same period last year, as well as strong expense control, according to Mansell.
Now what: Kohl's results weren't bad, but the stock was severely punished for missing sales estimates. The quarter was a vast improvement over the first quarter of 2014, when comparable-store sales fell by 3.4%, and Kohl's profitability was far better than what analysts expected.
The stock has run up quite a bit over the past year, rising about 33%, and the stock traded at about 17.5 times earnings before it tumbled today, so this extreme reaction may have been partially valuation-driven. Kohl's has struggled to grow over the past two years, and it has dramatically reduced its rate of opening new stores, so the stock may have gotten a bit ahead of itself.