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AnnTaylor Stores Corp. (NYSE:ANN) is due to report earnings before the opening bell on Friday, August 19.

Overview

ANN trades an average of 1.94 million shares per day, and has a market cap of $1.17 billion. ANN operates as a specialty retailer of women’s apparel, shoes, and accessories primarily in the United States.The company was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

Recent Price: $21.89

52 Week High: $32.49

52 Week Low: $14.94

Book Value: $6.96

On average, 14 analysts are expecting $0.45 per share, a drop of $-0.06 in earnings per share compared to last quarter's results of $0.51. A beat of $0.45 per share, will top the estimated per share earnings. Analyst estimates range between $0.41 and $0.49 per share. Looking at the price movement over the last month, the stock has fallen in price -16.88 % , in the last quarter, it has returned -18.83%, with a one year change of 48.09%.

Compared to the S&P 500 price changes, the price performances are -9.92% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, 4.92% vs. the S&P 500 from six months ago, and the year to date difference is -14.19% vs. the S&P 500 price change.

The company has rising revenue year-over-year of $1.98 billion for 2011 vs. $1.83 billion for 2010. The bottom line has rising earnings year-over-year of $73.40 million for 2011 vs. $-18.21 million for 2010. The company's earnings before income and taxes are rising with an EBIT year-over-year of $119.79 million for 2011 vs. $-23.95 million for 2010.

Gross revenue is growing at an annual rate of 8.2%.

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Gross reported revenue compared to the mean estimate (rounded).

Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-Year Revenue Estimates Actual $ Difference Difference %
Apr-11 $ 512.11 M $ 523.63 M $ 11.52 M 2.25%
Jan-11 $ 515.14 M $ 515.26 M $ 0.12 M 0.02%
Oct-10 $ 492.78 M $ 505.28 M $ 12.50 M 2.54%
Jul-10 $ 503.30 M $ 483.47 M $ -19.83 M -3.94%
Apr-10 $ 474.95 M $ 476.18 M $ 1.23 M 0.26%
M = millions, B = billions

Reported earnings per share compared to the mean estimate. Differences are rounded.

Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-Year Estimate Actual Difference Difference %
Apr-11 0.48 0.51 0.03 6.25%
Jan-11 0.17 0.19 0.02 11.76%
Oct-10 0.34 0.42 0.08 23.53%
Jul-10 0.32 0.32 0 0.00%
Apr-10 0.34 0.38 0.04 11.76%
(Some onetime items are often excluded in reported EPS)

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Source: Earnings Preview: AnnTaylor Reports Q2 Results Friday

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