Weight management services company Weight Watchers
International, Inc. (
) on Friday said its second quarter profit fell 4% from last year,
due to higher marketing spending.
The New York-based company reported second quarter net income of
$56.3 million, or 73 cents per share, compared with $58.8 million,
or 76 cents per share, in the year-ago period. Revenue rose 1% from
last year, to $376.7 million.
On average, Wall Street analysts expected a slightly smaller
profit of 72 cents per share, slightly lower revenue of $366.9
Looking ahead, the company raised the low-end of its full-year
guidance. It now expects 2010 earnings to range from $2.35 to $2.50
per share, compared with a prior outlook of $2.25 to $2.50 per
share. Meanwhile, analysts expect $2.44 for the year.
Weight Watchers shares rose 21 cents, or +0.8%, in premarket
The Bottom Line
We have avoided shares of WTW since our early June 2008 coverage
began, when the shares traded at $42. The company has a 2.54%
dividend yield, based on last night's closing stock price of
$27.60. The stock has technical support in the $24 price area. If
the shares can firm up, we see overhead resistance around the
$30-$32 price levels. We would remain on the sidelines for now.
Weight Watchers International, Inc. (
) is not recommended at this time, holding a Dividend.com DARS™
Rating of 3.3 out of 5 stars.
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