Francesca's (FRAN) Rating Reiterated by B. Riley

B. Riley reissued their hold rating on shares of Francesca's (NASDAQ:FRAN) in a report published on Tuesday morning. The firm currently has a $6.00 price objective on the specialty retailer’s stock. B. Riley also issued estimates for Francesca's’ Q4 2018 earnings at $0.22 EPS, FY2018 earnings at $0.55 EPS and FY2019 earnings at $0.63 EPS.

FRAN has been the topic of a number of other reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Francesca's from a strong sell rating to a hold rating in a report on Tuesday, November 7th. SunTrust Banks set a $8.00 price target on Francesca's and gave the stock a buy rating in a research note on Friday, January 5th. BidaskClub upgraded Francesca's from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research note on Wednesday, December 20th. ValuEngine cut Francesca's from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note on Sunday, December 31st. Finally, TheStreet cut Francesca's from a c rating to a d+ rating in a research note on Tuesday, December 5th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of Hold and an average price target of $10.67.

Francesca's (FRAN) traded up $0.23 during mid-day trading on Tuesday, hitting $5.82. The stock had a trading volume of 2,006,900 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,588,811. The stock has a market capitalization of $210.57, a price-to-earnings ratio of 8.20, a PEG ratio of 0.77 and a beta of 0.23. Francesca's has a 1-year low of $5.31 and a 1-year high of $19.50.

Francesca's (NASDAQ:FRAN) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, December 5th. The specialty retailer reported $0.01 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.04 by ($0.03). The company had revenue of $105.80 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $106.02 million. Francesca's had a net margin of 5.52% and a return on equity of 23.19%. Francesca's’s revenue for the quarter was down 11.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $0.23 earnings per share. equities research analysts anticipate that Francesca's will post 0.62 earnings per share for the current year.

In other news, CEO Steven Paul Lawrence acquired 10,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, January 11th. The shares were bought at an average price of $5.56 per share, with a total value of $55,600.00. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Company insiders own 1.19% of the company’s stock.

Hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the business. Koch Industries Inc. purchased a new position in shares of Francesca's during the second quarter worth about $110,000. Cetera Advisor Networks LLC purchased a new position in shares of Francesca's during the third quarter worth about $124,000. FNY Managed Accounts LLC purchased a new position in shares of Francesca's during the third quarter worth about $135,000. SG Americas Securities LLC purchased a new position in shares of Francesca's during the second quarter worth about $151,000. Finally, Hotchkis & Wiley Capital Management LLC purchased a new position in shares of Francesca's during the third quarter worth about $186,000.

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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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