The Talbots Inc. Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

The Talbots, Inc. (NYSE:TLB) will unveil its latest earnings on Monday, April 9, 2012. Talbots, together with its wholly-owned subsidiaries, is a retailer and direct marketer of women’s apparel, shoes and accessories. .

The Talbots, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net loss of 56 cents per share, a wider loss from the year-earlier quarter net loss of 14 cents. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from a loss of 55 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at a loss of 56 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting a loss of $1.21 per share versus net income of 61 cents last year.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company missed estimates by 6 cents, coming in at net loss of 22 cents per share against an estimate of a loss of. In the second quarter, the company also missed expectations.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts predict a decline of 8.1% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $268.9 million.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, the company swung to a loss of $22 million (32 cents a share) from a profit of $17 million (24 cents) a year earlier, missing analyst expectations. Revenue fell 6.6% to $279.5 million from $299.1 million.

Stock Price Performance: Between January 6, 2012 and April 3, 2012, the stock price rose 28 cents (10.2%), from $2.74 to $3.02. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 8, 2011 and June 15, 2011, when shares rose for six straight days, increasing 27.3% (+69 cents) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between November 3, 2011 and November 10, 2011 when shares fell for six straight days, dropping 3.9% (-10 cents) over that span.

Key Stats:

On the top line, the company is looking to snap a string of four-straight quarters of revenue declines. Revenue fell 7.4% in the fourth quarte rof the last fiscal year, 6% in the first quarter and 9.9% in the second quarter before dropping again in the third quarter.

Competitors to Watch: Coldwater Creek Inc., Christopher & Banks Corp., New York & Company, Inc., Ann Inc, Ascena Retail Group Inc, Charming Shoppes, Inc, Limited Brands, Inc., Chico’s FAS, Inc., The Cato Corporation, and Destination Maternity Corp.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts seem relatively indifferent about Talbots with eight of nine analysts surveyed maintaining a hold rating.

(Company fundamentals by Xignite Financials. Earnings estimates provided by Zacks)

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