Zacks: Brokerages Expect Francesca's Holdings Corp (FRAN) to Post $0.21 EPS

Analysts expect Francesca's Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:FRAN) to report $0.21 earnings per share (EPS) for the current quarter, Zacks Investment Research reports. Four analysts have issued estimates for Francesca's’ earnings. The lowest EPS estimate is $0.20 and the highest is $0.22. Francesca's posted earnings per share of $0.39 in the same quarter last year, which would indicate a negative year-over-year growth rate of 46.2%. The business is scheduled to announce its next quarterly earnings report on Tuesday, March 20th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that Francesca's will report full-year earnings of $0.53 per share for the current fiscal year, with EPS estimates ranging from $0.52 to $0.55. For the next financial year, analysts anticipate that the company will report earnings of $0.63 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $0.57 to $0.72. Zacks’ earnings per share averages are an average based on a survey of sell-side analysts that cover Francesca's.

Francesca's (NASDAQ:FRAN) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, December 5th. The specialty retailer reported $0.01 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.04 by ($0.03). Francesca's had a return on equity of 23.19% and a net margin of 5.52%. The business had revenue of $105.80 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $106.02 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company earned $0.23 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was down 11.5% compared to the same quarter last year.

Several research analysts have weighed in on FRAN shares. BidaskClub upgraded Francesca's from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, December 20th. SunTrust Banks set a $8.00 price target on Francesca's and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, January 5th. TheStreet downgraded Francesca's from a “c” rating to a “d+” rating in a research report on Tuesday, December 5th. B. Riley reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $6.00 target price on shares of Francesca's in a research report on Tuesday, January 9th. Finally, ValuEngine downgraded Francesca's from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Sunday, December 31st. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Francesca's has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $10.67.

In other news, CEO Steven Paul Lawrence bought 10,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Thursday, January 11th. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $5.56 per share, for a total transaction of $55,600.00. The purchase was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. 1.19% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

A number of large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in FRAN. Paradigm Capital Management Inc. NY raised its holdings in Francesca's by 152.8% during the 3rd quarter. Paradigm Capital Management Inc. NY now owns 1,935,300 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $14,244,000 after buying an additional 1,169,786 shares during the period. Renaissance Technologies LLC raised its holdings in Francesca's by 54.7% during the 2nd quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC now owns 1,467,706 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $16,057,000 after buying an additional 519,206 shares during the period. Vanguard Group Inc. raised its holdings in Francesca's by 11.5% during the 2nd 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. Schroder Investment Management Group raised its holdings in Francesca's by 8,143.2% during the 2nd quarter. Schroder Investment Management Group now owns 362,700 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $4,055,000 after buying an additional 358,300 shares during the period. Finally, Quantitative Investment Management LLC purchased a new stake in Francesca's during the 2nd quarter valued at $3,744,000.

Francesca's (NASDAQ:FRAN) opened at $5.78 on Wednesday. Francesca's has a 52 week low of $5.31 and a 52 week high of $19.50. The firm has a market capitalization of $210.57, a P/E ratio of 8.03, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 0.88 and a beta of 0.23.

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Francesca's Company Profile

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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