You know what's sexy? Double-digit increases in same-store sales, my Foolish friends.
A 10.4% increase in same-store sales helped Rick's Cabaret
Unfortunately, the bottom line wasn't so hot. Net income decreased 43% to $0.08 per diluted share. This poor showing was driven by a 29% increase in the cost of goods sold. Operating expenses as a whole rose 33%.
Reining in costs is the obvious opportunity here, but investors need to keep in mind that Rick's is undergoing an expansion. That'll be important for earnings going forward, and for keeping the top line moving up. That said, I would hope that management is vigorously identifying any opportunity to keep costs at a minimal growth rate. It'll also need to address the weakness in Internet operations.
I came away with a good feeling about the company when I reported on the full-year results back in January -- indeed, the numbers were pretty flashy. I still feel bullish on Rick's, even with the drop in earnings this quarter. Management believes it will earn at least $0.48 per share in fiscal 2007 and $0.85 in fiscal 2008. If these expectations come to pass, then the stock is pretty reasonable at its current price levels.
Rick's didn't achieve earnings nirvana this time around, but I look favorably on its expansion in the gentleman's-club marketplace, the trend in net sales, and the current valuation. I also believe that the adult-entertainment industry will thrive over time. Businesses such as New Frontier Media
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