Is it too late to turnaround
)? This Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell) recently posted a
worse-than-expected quarterly loss but it has a new CEO and is
testing new concept stores.
RadioShack operates 4300 stores in the United States and 270 stores
in Mexico. It also has about 1,000 dealer and other outlets
On July 1, RadioShack opened up the first of its new concept store
on Manhattan's Upper West Side which aimed to highlight popular
tech devices from Apple, Samsung and the others. These stores have
more hands on testing capabilities.
Since the summer, it has opened up numerous new concept stores.
The company is undergoing changes at the hands of new CEO Joseph
Magnacca, who came to RadioShack in February 2013 from Walgreens.
He instituted a 100 day plan to turn it around.
In the company's third quarter report, RadioShack listed out the
five pillars of the company's turnaround:
1. reposition the brand;
2. revamp the product assortment;
3. reinvigorate the store experience;
4. operational efficiency; and
5. financial flexibility.
By the end of the year, RadioShack expects to have over 100 concept
and brand statement stores in operation. It also intends to
re-merchandise inventory in its existing 4,300 stores which it
hopes will show improvement in the fourth quarter.
RadioShack is up against the clock.
Big Miss in the Third Quarter
RadioShack has warned that it will take several quarters to
turnaround the company. On Oct 22, it reported third quarter
results and missed the Zacks Consensus by $0.73. Earnings were a
loss of $1.09 compared to the Zacks Consensus of a loss of $0.36.
Same store sales fell 8.4%.
With the big quarterly miss, analysts moved to lower 2013 and 2014
The 2013 Zacks Consensus Estimate fell to a loss of $2.09 from a
loss of $1.23 before the report. Similarly, the 2014 Zacks
Consensus fell to a loss of $1.37 from a loss of $0.70 during that
For those looking for a silver lining, at least the analysts see
improvement in earnings in 2014 as the loss isn't expected to be
quite as deep.
Shares Still in the Cellar
Shares had fallen to 2-year lows in early 2013. They've been
volatile since then but have yet to see any kind of meaningful
The next couple of quarters are critical for RadioShack.
For investors who aren't willing to take the chance on a turnaround
but still want to be in the electronics retailing space,
) is a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). It is scheduled to report
earnings on Nov 19. Best Buy has beat the Zacks Consensus 3
quarters in a row.
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