UBS Maintains a 'Neutral' on Chico's, Inc. (CHS); A Safehaven Emerges

May 17, 2012 11:44 AM EDT
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UBS maintains a 'Neutral' on Chico's, Inc. (NYSE: CHS) price target raised $1 to $16.

Analyst, Roxanne Meyer, said, "CHS is benefiting from strong assortments at Chico’s and WHBM, likely capitalizing on weaker competition at boomers as well as a shift away from suiting at Ann, Inc (NYSE: ANN). We expect share gains to continue, and Q2 is off to a good start (May comping a strong 6.1%), though compares get tougher within 2Q. While we con’t to see EPS upside potential, share count and limited margin flow-through put pressure on generating outsized comps to get it. That said, CHS is a safer-haven in retail given strong fundamentals; will look for an opportunity to get more constructive."

UBS bumps FY12/13 EPS estimates by $0.02 each, to $1.04/1.27, respectively.

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Shares of Chico's, Inc. closed at $15.21 yesterday.

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