If you've followed my musings on the consumer electronics sector, you know I haven't exactly been the biggest proponent of RadioShack
RadioShack reported a 2% increase in revenue aided by an 11% jump in its mobility business -- and that's where the good news ended. The remainder of the company's quarterly report was filled with the same disappointing mantra we've come to expect from RadioShack over the years.
First, the company commented that it's in a contractual spat with one of its largest mobile partners, T-Mobile. RadioShack's wireless division is where it generates its highest margins, so it's incredibly disconcerting that its high-margin revenue stream is being negatively affected by a potential breach of contract by T-Mobile.
Excuses were the one area RadioShack did surpass expectations, coming in with four. It blamed poor weather, early debt retirement, increased online competition from Amazon.com
Inventory levels also rose considerably in what is traditionally a slower quarter for the company. RadioShack claimed the $49.2 million year-over-year jump in inventory levels is to support the new mobile rollout in Target locations, which could very well be accurate. But higher inventory levels could also signal a poor product mix, and one of my largest concerns with RadioShack has always been how stale its business has become and how quickly the company has fallen behind the innovation curve.
It shouldn't surprise anyone that RadioShack lowered its full-year EPS expectations to a range of $1.60 to $1.80 from previous guidance of $1.60 to $1.90. Aside from the ballyhoo surrounding the Shack selling iPads, there just isn't a whole lot to be excited about. RadioShack's business model is clearly broken, and it doesn't look like anyone has the instructional booklet to put this humpty dumpty back together again.
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