Ascena Retail Group (ASNA) Misses Q4 EPS by 8c; Comps Fell 4%

September 19, 2016 4:08 PM EDT
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Ascena Retail Group (NASDAQ: ASNA) reported Q4 EPS of $0.08, $0.08 worse than the analyst estimate of $0.16. Revenue for the quarter came in at $1.81 billion versus the consensus estimate of $1.77 billion.

The Company’s comparable sales data for the fiscal fourth quarter is summarized below:

Net Sales (millions)
Comparable

Sales (a)

Three Months Ended
July 30, 2016 July 25, 2015
ANN (a) N/A $617.1 $
Justice (4)% 244.5 242.1
Lane Bryant 1% 317.9 292.0
maurices (9)% 257.6 254.0
dressbarn (7)% 282.8 289.3
Catherines (5)% 92.4 92.4
Total Company (4)% $1,812.3 $1,169.8
(a)

ANN was acquired in the first quarter of Fiscal 2016. For comparative purposes, utilizing unaudited internally generated ANN data from the pre-acquisition period, ANN's comparable sales for the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2016 were approximately (6)%. Given that it reflects pre-acquisition data, ANN's sales were excluded from the calculation of Total Company comparable sales. Including the unaudited internally generated ANN data, Total Company comparable sales were approximately (5)%.

NOTE: The Street was looking for comps to fall 2.1 percent.

GUIDANCE:

Ascena Retail Group sees FY2017 EPS of $0.60 - $0.65, versus the consensus of $0.83. Ascena Retail Group sees FY2017 revenue of $6.9 - $7.0 billion, versus the consensus of $7.17 billion.

For earnings history and earnings-related data on Ascena Retail Group (ASNA) click here.



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