More on Weight Watchers earnings

|About: Weight Watchers Internation... (WTW)|By:, SA News Editor

Weight Watchers (WTW) Q2 beats on revenue, but net earnings fell 16% on a a $20M debt-refinancing charge.

Revenue in the weight-loss meetings business was especially weak as it experienced declining volumes globally, most notably in North America and the United Kingdom.

Total paid weeks -2.5% Y/Y, online paid weeks +4.4%, meeting paid weeks -10.4%.

Looking forward, the company issues downside guidance for FY13, lowering its EPS expectations to between $3.55 - 3.70 from $3.60 - 3.90. Street consensus is for $3.70.

CEO David Kirchhoff resigns to pursue other opportunities. He will be succeeded as CEO by President and COO James Chambers, who joined the company in January.

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