Wall Street Watch Friday: Zumiez Wipes Out


Skateboarding is all about keeping your balance and avoiding the always-embarrassing face-plant.

Zumiez (ZUMZ) -- the retailer for edgy teen apparel, footwear, and gear with an extreme sports bent -- has fallen flat on its face, posting disappointing quarterly results on Thursday afternoon.

Looking back, it isn't so bad. Net sales soared 20%, fueled by a 9.5% spike in same-store sales. Zumiez's profit of $0.07 a share seems to be woefully short of the $0.13 a share that analysts were targeting, but the mall chain would've earned a better-than-expected $0.17 a share after backing out one-time acquisition and relocation costs.

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The scary part of the retailer's report comes in its outlook for the telltale back-to-school shopping season.

This should be a very strong quarter for Zumiez, but its guidance is calling for comps to slow to a range of 3% to 5% with earnings checking in between $0.42 a share and $0.45 a share. There are acquisition-related items baked into that bottom-line outlook, but even backing those out would find Zumiez earning far less than the $0.56 a share that Wall Street was forecasting.

See, kids: That's a face-plant.

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Longtime Motley Fool contributor Rick Munarriz owns shares of Netflix. The Motley Fool owns shares of Netflix. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Netflix and Zumiez.