On Jun 3, 2014, Zacks Investment Research downgraded textile
) to a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell).
Why the Downgrade?
Shares of the company have slumped 39.7% since it released
disappointing second-quarter fiscal 2014 results on Jun 2. Along
with the dismal earnings, Quiksilver also hinted at continued
troubles in the second half of fiscal 2014.
The top line tanked 9% year over year to $408 million. Quarterly
sales missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $451 million.
Additionally, the company reported adjusted EBITDA of $12 million,
down about 33% from $18 million in the prior-year period.
During the quarter, the company benefited from the implementation
of its 'Profit Improvement Plan' which was reflected by the lowered
cost structure, higher gross margin and improved sales in the
direct-to-consumer channel and emerging markets. However, these
improvements failed to mitigate sales decline in the wholesale
channel, especially in North America and Europe, with the DC brand
playing a spoilsport.
Going forward, the company expects the downtrend in sales to
continue through the rest of the year and anticipates a continued
fall in wholesale revenues in North America and Europe, with some
respite from the emerging markets and e-Commerce sales.
Quiksilver's quarterly adjusted loss of 15 cents a share was
substantially wider than the Zacks Consensus Estimate of a loss of
3 cents and was also greater than the prior-year loss of 12 cents
per share. A glance at the earnings history shows that the company
has missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate in 8 of the past 10
quarters, resulting in continued fall in its share price.
Further, Quiksilver's lackluster results triggered a downtrend in
the Zacks Consensus Estimate, as analysts became less constructive
on the stock's future performance. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for
the third and the fourth quarter has declined by 14.3% and 20% to
12 cents and 4 cents a share, respectively, in the past 7 days.
Other Stocks to Consider
Other better-ranked retail stocks that look promising and are
expected to continue with their upbeat performance include
Michael Kors Holdings Limited
), each carrying a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
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