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Francesca's Holdings Corp. (FRAN)

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  • Today, 8:27 AM
    • Wedbush Securities upgrades Francesca's Holdings (NASDAQ:FRAN) to an Outperform rating from Neutral.
    • The investment firm sees solid back-half numbers for the retailer off of improved merchandising and easy compares.
    • Wedbush lines up a $14 price target.
    • FRAN +2.55% premarket to $11.68.
    | Today, 8:27 AM | Comment!
  • Tue, Aug. 18, 10:47 AM
    • Francesca's Holdings (FRAN -6.7%) trades sharply lower after the company announced the resignation of its CMO.
    • Though the exec resigned without any controversy and will stay on until November to help with the transition, continual board and management upheaval at the retailer has investors skittish.
    | Tue, Aug. 18, 10:47 AM | Comment!
  • Tue, Aug. 18, 7:34 AM
    • Francesca's (NASDAQ:FRAN) announces the resignation of Chief Marketing Office Sei Jin Alt.
    • The company says a search for a replacement has been initiated.
    | Tue, Aug. 18, 7:34 AM | Comment!
  • Thu, Jun. 11, 8:48 AM
    • Clothing stores showed some signs of life in May as tipped in today's Retail Sales report.
    • The category was up 1.5% M/M and 3.6% Y/Y to outpace total retail sales.
    • The improvement is consistent is with the reads from the narrow range of apparel chains which still report monthly sales.
    • The sector has seen discounters show stronger traffic trends than mall-based chains, although both groups have eased off promotional activity a bit.
    • Previously: Retail sales stronger-than-expected in May
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    | Thu, Jun. 11, 8:48 AM | Comment!
  • Wed, Jun. 10, 9:15 AM
    | Wed, Jun. 10, 9:15 AM | 2 Comments
  • Wed, Jun. 10, 7:51 AM
    • Francesca's (NASDAQ:FRAN) reports comparable-store sales fell 2% in Q1.
    • Direct-to-consumer sales increased 19% driven by increased traffic and conversion rates.
    • Merchandise category sales: Apparel: $48.17M (+8%); Jewelry: $21.97M (+20%); Accessories: $15.38M (+9%); Gifts: $9.84M (+17%).
    • Gross margin rate declined 170 bps to 47.3%.
    • Adjusted operating margin rate decreased 390 bps to 12.5%.
    • Inventory +9.1% Y/Y to $31.4M.
    • Boutique count +76 Y/Y to 589.
    • Q2 Guidance: Net sales: $104M to $107M; Comparable-store sales: mid to low single digit decrease; EPS: $0.20 to $0.23; New boutiques: 20.
    • FY2015 Guidance: Net sales: $412M to $424M; Comparable-store sales: flat to a low single digit decrease; EPS: $0.81 to $0.90; Shares outstanding: 42.4M; Tax rate: 38.1%; Capital expenditure: $30M to $32M;  New boutiques: 80 to 85.

    | Wed, Jun. 10, 7:51 AM | Comment!
  • Wed, Jun. 10, 7:33 AM
    • Francesca's (NASDAQ:FRAN): Q1 EPS of $0.17 misses by $0.01.
    • Revenue of $95.01M (+11.2% Y/Y) misses by $0.29M.
    • Press Release
    | Wed, Jun. 10, 7:33 AM | Comment!
  • Tue, Jun. 9, 5:30 PM
  • Sat, Jun. 6, 12:58 PM
    • Many analysts covering the apparel/department store part of the retail sector have been pushing out the same story on global lifestyle brands and REIT conversions without giving investors much of a play except an all-in turnaround bet.
    • There's a suspicion with some industry insiders that F/X and comp sales headlines are hiding some undervalued picks.
    • A few screens below. Add your own in the comments.
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    • Lowest price-to-book ratio: Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE:ANF), Stage Stores, Ascena Retail Group (NASDAQ:ASNA), Guess (NYSE:GES), J.C. Penney (NYSE:JCP).
    • Highest current ratio (assets/liabilities): Shoe Carnival (NASDAQ:SCVL), Francesca's (NASDAQ:FRAN), Guess, Citi Trends (NASDAQ:CTRN), DSW (NYSE:DSW).
    | Sat, Jun. 6, 12:58 PM | 2 Comments
  • Thu, Mar. 26, 1:05 PM
    • Francesca's (FRAN +4%) trades higher with some retail analysts warming up to the retailer after it turned its first earnings beat in eight quarters.
    • Goldman Sachs upgrades the stock to a Neutral rating from Sell.
    • Nomura lifts its price target on the Buy-rated stock to $19.
    • Previously: Francesca's beats by $0.01, beats on revenue (Mar. 25 2015)
    • Previously: More on Francesca's Q4 (Mar. 25 2015)
    | Thu, Mar. 26, 1:05 PM | Comment!
  • Wed, Mar. 25, 8:14 AM
    • Francesca's (NASDAQ:FRAN) reports comparable-store sales rose 1.0% in Q4.
    • Direct-to-consumer sales increased 42.0% in the quarter.
    • Gross margin rate declined 490 bps to 45.7%.
    • Adjusted operating margin rate -620 bps to 14.3%.
    • Inventory -3.30% Y/Y to $23.80M.
    • Boutique count +88 Y/Y to 539.
    • FQ1 Guidance: Net sales: $93M to $96M; Comparable-store sales: low single digit decrease; EPS: $0.15 to $0.18; New boutiques: 51.
      FY2015 Guidance: Net sales: $412M to $424M; Comparable-store sales: flat to a low single digit decrease; EPS: $0.81 to $0.90; Shares outstanding: 42.4M; Tax rate: 38.1%; Capital expenditure: $30M to $32M;  New boutiques: 85.
    • FRAN +0.95% premarket.
    | Wed, Mar. 25, 8:14 AM | Comment!
  • Wed, Mar. 25, 7:34 AM
    • Francesca's (NASDAQ:FRAN): Q4 EPS of $0.21 beats by $0.01.
    • Revenue of $107.64M (+16.8% Y/Y) beats by $3.43M.
    • Shares -2.61% PM.
    • Press Release
    | Wed, Mar. 25, 7:34 AM | Comment!
  • Tue, Mar. 24, 5:30 PM
  • Mon, Mar. 16, 12:15 PM
    • Francesca's (FRAN +5.5%) rallies after Janney Montgomery Scott upgrades the specialty retailer to a Buy rating from Neutral.
    • The investment firm sets a $20 price target on shares.
    • Francesca's is due to release Q4 earnings on March 25 with analysts expecting revenue of $103.8M and EPS of $0.20 vs. Francesca's recent guidance for sales of $103M-$105M and EPS of $0.17 to $0.20.
    | Mon, Mar. 16, 12:15 PM | Comment!
  • Thu, Feb. 19, 10:27 AM
    | Thu, Feb. 19, 10:27 AM | 2 Comments
  • Fri, Jan. 9, 6:59 AM
    • Francesca'a (NASDAQ:FRAN) says it expects Q4 sales of $103M-$105M vs. $96M-$102M prior guidance and $99.85M consensus.
    • The retailer expects to deliver a low single-digit comp for the quarter.
    • EPS of $0.17-$0.20 is seen vs. $0.13-$0.19 prior.
    | Fri, Jan. 9, 6:59 AM | Comment!
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Company Description
Francescas Holdings Corp operates a chain of retail boutiques selling apparel, jewelry, accessories and gifts.
Sector: Services
Industry: Apparel Stores
Country: United States