Francesca's Holdings Corp (FRAN) CFO Kelly Dilts Acquires 2,000 Shares

Francesca's Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:FRAN) CFO Kelly Dilts bought 2,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, January 12th. The stock was bought at an average cost of $5.80 per share, for a total transaction of $11,600.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link.

Francesca's Holdings Corp (NASDAQ FRAN) traded up $0.23 during midday trading on Friday, reaching $5.82. 2,006,951 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 2,588,811. Francesca's Holdings Corp has a 52-week low of $5.31 and a 52-week high of $19.50. The stock has a market capitalization of $210.57, a price-to-earnings ratio of 8.20, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 0.77 and a beta of 0.23.

Francesca's (NASDAQ:FRAN) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, December 5th. The specialty retailer reported $0.01 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.04 by ($0.03). Francesca's had a net margin of 5.52% and a return on equity of 23.19%. The business had revenue of $105.80 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $106.02 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $0.23 EPS. The company’s quarterly revenue was down 11.5% on a year-over-year basis. equities analysts expect that Francesca's Holdings Corp will post 0.62 EPS for the current year.

Several equities research analysts recently issued reports on FRAN shares. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Francesca's from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, November 7th. BidaskClub raised shares of Francesca's from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, December 20th. B. Riley reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $8.00 target price on shares of Francesca's in a research report on Tuesday, December 5th. TheStreet cut shares of Francesca's from a “c” rating to a “d+” rating in a research report on Tuesday, December 5th. Finally, SunTrust Banks set a $8.00 target price on shares of Francesca's and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, January 5th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Francesca's has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $10.67.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Vanguard Group Inc. raised its holdings in Francesca's by 11.5% in the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 3,900,598 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $42,673,000 after buying an additional 402,270 shares during the period. Daruma Capital Management LLC raised its holdings in Francesca's by 2.7% in the second quarter. Daruma Capital Management LLC now owns 3,253,125 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $35,589,000 after buying an additional 86,734 shares during the period. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP raised its stake in shares of Francesca's by 6.8% during the second quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 2,181,920 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $23,871,000 after purchasing an additional 138,799 shares during the period. Paradigm Capital Management Inc. NY raised its stake in shares of Francesca's by 152.8% during the third quarter. Paradigm Capital Management Inc. NY now owns 1,935,300 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $14,244,000 after purchasing an additional 1,169,786 shares during the period. Finally, Renaissance Technologies LLC raised its stake in shares of Francesca's by 54.7% during the second quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC now owns 1,467,706 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $16,057,000 after purchasing an additional 519,206 shares during the period.

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About Francesca's

Francesca’s Holdings Corporation is a holding company. The Company is a specialty retailer, which operates a chain of boutiques across the United States. The Company offers a mix of apparel, jewelry, accessories and gifts. As of January 28, 2017, the Company operated 671 boutiques in 48 states and the District of Columbia, and also served its customers through www.francescas.com, its e-commerce Website.

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