Wedbush Downgrades Zumiez, Inc. (ZUMZ) to Underperform; Anticipation of Decelerating Comp Trends

January 6, 2011 8:17 AM EST
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Price: $19.70 -2.72%

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    10 Buy, 16 Hold, 1 Sell

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Wedbush downgraded Zumiez, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZUMZ) from Neutral to Underperform. PT cut from $30 to $20.

Wedbush analyst says, "We are downgrading shares of ZUMZ as we believe decelerating December sales trends (from November and on a 2-year basis) is an omen for 2011 as the company begins lapping tougher compares of a +HSD to +LDD range versus –DD in 2010. Moreover, despite a track record of carefully managing SG&A, we believe management’s plans to reinvigorate square footage growth to a 8-10% range vs. 5% in 2010 means higher preopening expenses and store-line costs and implies current consensus estimates are too optimistic (requires +3-5% comps for leverage)."

"we are reducing our F11 EPS estimate to $0.93 from $0.98 prior or ~10% below consensus outlook of $1.03 as we anticipate tough comparisons and higher openings to pressure EPS."

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Shares of Zumiez, Inc. closed at $26.67 yesterday.

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