Why Container Store Group Inc Shares Plunged

Why Container Store Group Inc Shares Plunged

Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis.

What: Shares of storage products retailer Container Store Group Inc plummeted 22% today after its quarterly results and outlook disappointed Wall Street.

So what: The stock has rallied nicely since its November IPO on high growth expectations, but the third-quarter results -- EPS of $0.11 on a revenue increase of just 7% -- coupled with downbeat sales guidance for Q4, is forcing analysts to quickly recalibrate their estimates. While the company continues to grow same-store sales and adjusted profit at a solid pace, today's results suggest that it isn't growing fast enough to justify its seemingly lofty forward P/E.

Now what: Management now sees full-year adjusted EPS of $0.40 on revenue of $754 million, versus the consensus of $0.38 and $756.2 million. "With 63 stores today, we have a long runway of growth ahead of us as we expand our store base to realize the 300+ store opportunity that we believe exists," Chairman and CEO Kip Tindell reassured investors. More important, with the stock now off more than 15% from its post-IPO highs, today's hiccup might be providing Fools with a great chance to buy into those long-term growth prospects.

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