Francesca's Holdings Corp (FRAN) Expected to Post Q4 2018 Earnings of $0.48 Per Share

Francesca's Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:FRAN) – Stock analysts at SunTrust Banks issued their Q4 2018 EPS estimates for shares of Francesca's Holdings Corp in a note issued to investors on Tuesday, according to Zacks Investment Research. SunTrust Banks analyst P. Quintiliano expects that the specialty retailer will post earnings of $0.48 per share for the quarter.

Other analysts also recently issued research reports about the stock. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Francesca's Holdings Corp from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $18.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Wednesday, March 22nd. Jefferies Group LLC set a $17.00 price objective on shares of Francesca's Holdings Corp and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 10th. Wedbush cut their target price on Francesca's Holdings Corp from $20.00 to $16.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a report on Tuesday, March 21st. Mizuho cut their target price on Francesca's Holdings Corp from $18.00 to $17.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a report on Tuesday, March 21st. Finally, FBR & Co reiterated an “underperform” rating and issued a $14.00 target price on shares of Francesca's Holdings Corp in a report on Tuesday, March 21st. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company. Francesca's Holdings Corp currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $16.78.

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Francesca's Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:FRAN) traded down 0.38% during midday trading on Friday, reaching $15.53. 605,139 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $15.71 and a 200 day moving average of $17.07. Francesca's Holdings Corp has a 52-week low of $9.75 and a 52-week high of $22.39. The company has a market cap of $583.01 million, a P/E ratio of 14.25 and a beta of 0.77.

Francesca's Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:FRAN) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, March 21st. The specialty retailer reported $0.39 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.37 by $0.02. The firm earned $146.30 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $145.77 million. Francesca's Holdings Corp had a net margin of 8.84% and a return on equity of 37.74%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 8.7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $0.35 EPS.

In other Francesca's Holdings Corp news, insider Khalid Mir Malik sold 110,692 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, March 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $15.95, for a total transaction of $1,765,537.40. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 66,781 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,065,156.95. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. 1.13% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

A number of institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Nationwide Fund Advisors boosted its position in shares of Francesca's Holdings Corp by 133.6% in the first quarter. Nationwide Fund Advisors now owns 56,062 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $861,000 after buying an additional 32,066 shares during the period. Dalton Greiner Hartman Maher & Co. bought a new position in shares of Francesca's Holdings Corp during the first quarter valued at $3,404,000. Hartford Investment Management Co. bought a new position in shares of Francesca's Holdings Corp during the first quarter valued at $228,000. Legato Capital Management LLC boosted its position in shares of Francesca's Holdings Corp by 1,435.0% in the first quarter. Legato Capital Management LLC now owns 30,639 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $1,996,000 after buying an additional 28,643 shares during the period. Finally, Louisiana State Employees Retirement System raised its stake in shares of Francesca's Holdings Corp by 1.3% in the first quarter. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System now owns 15,400 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $236,000 after buying an additional 200 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 97.73% of the company’s stock.

Francesca's Holdings Corp Company Profile

Francesca’s Holdings Corporation is a holding company. The Company is a specialty retailer, which operates a chain of boutiques across the United States. The Company offers a mix of apparel, jewelry, accessories and gifts. As of January 28, 2017, the Company operated 671 boutiques in 48 states and the District of Columbia, and also served its customers through www.francescas.com, its e-commerce Website.

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