Zumiez (ZUMZ) Remains in the Positive Comps Territory - Analyst Blog

Zumiez Inc.ZUMZ reported a 5.5% improvement in comparable-store sales (comps) for the five-week period ended Apr 4, 2015, compared with a 2.9% dip recorded for the same period last year.

This Washington-based, sports-related teen apparel retailer's net sales for March soared 11.1% to $70.7 million from the year-ago period.

Zumiez has posted positive comps throughout the trailing 12 months. The company reported a 12.3% and 6.9% rise in comps for the months of January and February 2015, respectively.

We believe that Zumiez's constant focus on boosting productivity at existing stores, developing a leading omni-channel platform and enhancing its presence, both domestically and overseas, has resulted in an encouraging comps trend.

Recently, Zumiez reported fourth-quarter fiscal 2014 results, wherein adjusted earnings per share of 80 cents came in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate, while rising 23.1% year over year. Net sales advanced 14% year over year to $258.6 million, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $257 million, driven by better-than-expected comps.

The company is focusing on investment towards global expansion, enhancement of omni-channel capacities and customer-centric approach. Zumiez believes that with constant focus on these strategies it can deliver continued bottom-line growth and boost shareholder value in the future.

Following a strong fiscal 2014, Zumiez initiated its outlook for the first quarter of fiscal 2015. Management envisions net sales for the quarter to range from $176-$178 million, while comps are anticipated to grow in the range of 3-4% over the same time period.

Consequently, the company expects earnings per share for first-quarter fiscal 2015 in the band of 8-10 cents. This projection includes an expected 3 cents per share impact from charges related to the Blue Tomato acquisition.

Hence, adjusted earnings per share for the quarter are expected to range from 11-13 cents. The current Zacks Consensus Estimate is pegged at 13 cents.

Zumiez currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

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