Bebe Stores Second Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

Bebe stores, inc. (NASDAQ:BEBE)¬†will unveil its latest earnings tomorrow, Thursday, January 31, 2013. Bebe Stores designs, develops, and produces a distinctive line of contemporary women’s apparel and accessories.

bebe stores, inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for a loss of one cent per share, up from net income of 8 cents in the year-earlier quarter. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from 4 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It also has dropped from one cent during the last month. Analysts are projecting net loss of 5 cents per share versus profit of 14 cents last year.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company met expectations by reporting a loss of 3 cents per share last quarter. In the previous fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, the company beat estimates by one cent.

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A Look Back: In the first quarter, the company swung to a loss of $2.6 million (3 cents a share) from a profit of $2.4 million (3 cents) a year earlier, meeting analyst expectations. Revenue fell 7.3% to $117.1 million from $126.3 million.

Here’s how Bebe Stores traded following its last earnings report 3 months ago and leading up to its upcoming earnings report this week:

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts predict a decline of 13% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $132.2 million.

Stock Price Performance: Between November 27, 2012 and January 25, 2013, the stock price had risen 29 cents (7.6%), from $3.80 to $4.09. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between January 14, 2013 and January 22, 2013, when shares rose for six straight days, increasing 7.2% (+27 cents) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between September 21, 2012 and October 8, 2012 when shares fell for 12 straight days, dropping 17.7% (-92 cents) over that span.

Key Stats:

On the top line, the company is hoping to use this earnings announcement to snap a string of two-straight quarters of revenue declines. Revenue fell 0.6% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year and dropped again in the first quarter.

Analyst Ratings: There are mostly holds on the stock among the limited number of analysts surveyed with two hold ratings.

Balance Sheet Analysis: The company’s current ratio of assets to liabilities came in at 5.29 last quarter. Having a ratio above 2:1 is usually considered a good indicator of a company’s liquidity and ability to meet creditor demands.

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