Wed. Nov 13th, 2019

Children’s Place shares headed toward a three-year low after sales miss, weak guidance

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Children’s Place Inc.

PLCE, -3.23%

stock sank 12.5% in Wednesday premarket trading, heading to an open at a three-year low, after the retailer reported second-quarter sales that missed expectations and gave weak guidance. Net income totaled $1.5 million, or 10 cents per share, down from $7.5 million, or 45 cents per share, last year. Adjusted EPS of 19 cents beat the FactSet consensus of 18 cents per share. Sales of $420.5 million was also down from $448.7 million and missed the FactSet guidance for $427.0 million. Same-store sales fell 3.8%, below the 2.8% decline FactSet expected. Jane Elfers, chief executive of Children’s Place, said there was “lingering pressure from the Q1 Gymboree liquidation” and traffic was weaker than expected, which led to more promotions in the sector. “[W]e believe it is prudent to assume an elevated promotional environment for the back half of 2019,” the statement said. For the third quarter, Children’s Place expects sales in the range of $530 million to $535 million, adjusted EPS in the range of $2.90 to $3.05, and same-store sales growth of 3% to 4%. FactSet is guiding for sales of $534.8 million, EPS of $3.50, and same-store sales growth of 2.8%. For fiscal 2019, Children’s Place is expecting sales in the range of $1.910 billion to $1.925 billion, adjusted EPS in the range of $5.40 to $5.75, and flat same-store sales. The FactSet outlook is for sales of $1.935 billion, EPS of $6.17, and same-store sales growth of 0.6%. Children’s Place stock has lost 43% over the past year while the S&P 500 index

SPX, -0.79%

is up 1.3% for the period.

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