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It's been a rough year for Pier 1 Imports
Pier 1 reported second-quarter earnings today of $0.12 a share, which was one cent better than the analysts' consensus estimate and $0.08 below last year's earnings of $0.20 per share. Sales for the quarter rose 5.7%, although same-store sales declined 3%, as the company has cut prices on certain products, reduced the number of store items, and begun a management-training program.
Third-quarter sales are projected to grow 4% to 9% (with minus 4% to flat same-store sales expected), and earnings should be in the $0.28 to $0.35 per-share range ($0.30 had been expected). The company expects fourth-quarter sales to increase 3% to 9% (with same-store sales ranging from a 5% decline to 1% growth) and earnings from $0.52 to $0.62 per share. For the year, Pier 1's management forecasts earnings per share of $1.05 to $1.22 (from the previous consensus estimate of $1.14 per share).
Also, the company's balance sheet remains strong; Pier 1 finished the quarter with nearly $100 million of cash. Through the first half of 2004, Pier 1 has repurchased 2.4 million of its shares for $43 million. With $126.7 million still remaining on the share buyback program, the company certainly has a decent amount of cash to reinvest in its business.
The shares, which are trading at 14 times the 2005 earnings estimate of $1.33 per share, appear to be attractive relative to the company's earnings growth rate of 17%. With legendary investor and Berkshire Hathaway
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Phil Wohl spent more than 12 years on Wall Street and now concentrates his writing on more fictional characters. He has no stake in any firm mentioned above.