Circuit City Calls Its FQ4 Earnings 'Disappointing'

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Circuit City Stores said Wednesday morning it lost $12.2 million in FQ4 2007, down from a $141 million profit in FQ4 2006 -- due to the large discounts it had to offer to attract holiday shoppers. EPS dropped from $0.81/share to a loss of $0.07/share -- analyst estimates were for a profit of $0.63/share. Sales revenue rose 1.2% from $3.89 billion to $3.93 billion, below analyst estimates of $4.05 billion. The results include pre-tax charges of $144.6 million related to the impairment of goodwill, store and facility closures, and other restructuring activities. Sales at stores open at least 12 months rose 6%, below the company's forecast of as much as 8%. Same-store sales dropped 0.5% in the period. In its statement, the company admitted disappointment in its growth: "Fourth quarter sales growth was somewhat less than we expected. During the quarter, flat panel Circuit City 04 04 2007 Charttelevision average selling prices were well below the prior year, and our PC hardware business experienced volatility around the Microsoft Windows Vista operating system transition... We are disappointed in our financial performance, which largely reflects the effects of permanent changes in the television category and transitory changes in the PC category." It said as a result it would accelerate its strategy to increase profit margin. In pre-market trading, shares are down 3.2% to $17.80.

Sources: Press Release, Bloomberg, MarketWatch
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