William Blair Weighs in on Francesca's Holdings Corp’s FY2018 Earnings (FRAN)

Francesca's Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:FRAN) – Investment analysts at William Blair reduced their FY2018 EPS estimates for Francesca's in a research report issued to clients and investors on Thursday. William Blair analyst D. Carden now anticipates that the specialty retailer will post earnings per share of $0.52 for the year, down from their prior forecast of $0.68. William Blair also issued estimates for Francesca's’ Q1 2019 earnings at $0.16 EPS and Q2 2019 earnings at $0.25 EPS.

FRAN has been the topic of several other research reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Francesca's from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, November 7th. B. Riley restated a “neutral” rating on shares of Francesca's in a report on Wednesday, November 1st. ValuEngine cut shares of Francesca's from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Sunday, December 31st. TheStreet cut shares of Francesca's from a “c” rating to a “d+” rating in a report on Tuesday, December 5th. Finally, SunTrust Banks set a $8.00 target price on shares of Francesca's and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, January 5th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $10.67.

Francesca's (NASDAQ FRAN) remained flat at $$5.41 during trading hours on Monday. 2,206,388 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 2,840,257. The firm has a market cap of $195.73, a P/E ratio of 7.62, a PEG ratio of 0.77 and a beta of 0.23. Francesca's has a 52 week low of $5.31 and a 52 week high of $19.50.

Francesca's (NASDAQ:FRAN) last released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, December 5th. The specialty retailer reported $0.01 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.04 by ($0.03). The company had revenue of $105.80 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $106.02 million. Francesca's had a net margin of 5.52% and a return on equity of 23.19%. The business’s revenue was down 11.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $0.23 EPS.

Several hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in FRAN. Vanguard Group Inc. raised its position in shares of Francesca's by 11.5% in the 2nd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 3,900,598 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $42,673,000 after purchasing an additional 402,270 shares during the last quarter. Daruma Capital Management LLC raised its position in shares of Francesca's by 2.7% in the 2nd quarter. Daruma Capital Management LLC now owns 3,253,125 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $35,589,000 after purchasing an additional 86,734 shares during the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP raised its position in shares of Francesca's by 6.8% in the 2nd quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 2,181,920 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $23,871,000 after purchasing an additional 138,799 shares during the last quarter. Paradigm Capital Management Inc. NY raised its position in shares of Francesca's by 152.8% in the 3rd quarter. Paradigm Capital Management Inc. NY now owns 1,935,300 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $14,244,000 after purchasing an additional 1,169,786 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Renaissance Technologies LLC raised its position in shares of Francesca's by 54.7% in the 2nd quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC now owns 1,467,706 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $16,057,000 after purchasing an additional 519,206 shares during the last quarter.

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Francesca's Company Profile

Francesca’s Holdings Corporation is a holding company. The Company is a specialty retailer, which operates a chain of boutiques across the United States. The Company offers a mix of apparel, jewelry, accessories and gifts. As of January 28, 2017, the Company operated 671 boutiques in 48 states and the District of Columbia, and also served its customers through www.francescas.com, its e-commerce Website.

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