ANN Earnings Preview

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ANN (NYS: ANN) will try to beat its earnings estimates for the fifth consecutive quarter. The company will unveil its latest earnings on Friday, March 9. ANN offers a range of career and casual separates, dresses, tops, weekend wear, shoes, and accessories to provide modern styles that are versatile across all occasions and needs.

What analysts say:

  • Buy, sell, or hold?: Analysts are bullish on this stock with eight analysts rating it as a buy and only two rating it as a sell. Analysts don't like ANN as much as competitor bebe stores overall. While analysts still rate the stock a hold, they are a little more optimistic about it compared to three months ago.
  • Revenue forecasts: On average, analysts predict $566.9 million in revenue this quarter. That would represent a rise of 10% from the year-ago quarter.
  • Wall Street earnings expectations: The average analyst estimate is earnings of $0.08 per share. Estimates range from $0.03 to $0.09.

What our community says:
The majority of CAPS All-Stars see ANN as a good bet, with 75% assigning it an "outperform" rating. The majority of the Fools agree with the All-Stars, with 67.4% giving it an "outperform" rating. ANN's bearish CAPS rating of one out of five stars falls short of the Fool community sentiment.

Management:
ANN's profit has risen year over year by an average of 4,858.4% over the past five quarters. Revenue has now gone up for three straight quarters.

Now let's get some insight into how efficient management is at running the business. Margins are a representation of how efficiently a company captures portions of sales dollars. For four quarters in a row, the company has seen increases in net margins year-over-year. Net margins reflect what percentage of revenue becomes profit. See how ANN has been doing for the last four quarters:

Quarter

Q3

Q2

Q1

Q4

Gross Margin

57.5%

55.0%

57.3%

51.7%

Operating Margin

9.7%

7.5%

8.8%

2.0%

Net Margin

5.7%

4.4%

5.2%

1.5%

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