Krispy Kreme Shares Plunged: What You Need to Know

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What: Shareholders of delectable doughnut maker Krispy Kreme Doughnuts (NYS: KKD) are feeling glazed today with the stock down as much as 10% after the company reported its fourth-quarter results and provided fiscal 2013 guidance.

So what: For the fourth quarter, excluding one-time gains, Krispy Kreme earned $0.06 on an 11% jump in revenue to $102 million. Sales just squeaked by Wall Street's estimates with EPS matching the consensus. For 2013, Krispy Kreme is forecasting adjusted EPS to be in the range of $0.35 to $0.41, which at least matches the Street's consensus estimate of $0.35. The company noted that rising ingredient costs would force it to cut back on some of its purchases in order to preserve growth.

Now what: To add insult to injury after what I deem a decent report -- because, let's face it, Krispy Kreme's earnings history is about as hit-and-miss as they come -- Stephens downgraded the stock to "equal weight" from "overweight" earlier this morning. I'm not sure if Krispy Kreme will ever overcome the stigma of expanding too quickly and taking on more debt than it could possibly handle. Investors continue to expect miracles from the doughnut maker when they should, in reality, be pleased by these small steps in the right direction.

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