Bon-Ton Stores Earnings: What Investors Should Watch

Bon-ton Stores (NASDAQ:BONT) will report earnings before markets open on Thursday, May 23rd. The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. sells moderately priced, brand name fashions and accessories for men, women, and children. The Company also sells cosmetics, jewelry, china, housewares, and other items through its chain department stores. Bon-Ton operates in secondary markets in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, Massachusetts, West Virginia, and New Jersey.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Bon-ton Stores Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $-1.57 per share on revenues of $665.23 million.

Analyst Trends:

Analysts have a more positive outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings has risen from a loss of $1.53 to a loss $1.52. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $0.74, which is worse than the estimate ninety days ago.

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Earnings Trends:

Here’s how Bon-ton Stores has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Revenue ($) in millions 3,225 3,035 3,046 2,954 2,979
Diluted EPS ($) -10.12 -0.24 1.12 -0.67 -1.16

Next, our CHEAT SHEET investing framework asks us to drill down to the recent quarterly data:

Quarter Apr. 30, 2012 Jul. 31, 2012 Oct. 31, 2012 Jan. 31, 2013
Revenue ($) in millions 654.30 607.26 683.12 1,034.16
Diluted EPS ($) -2.23 -2.43 -0.55 3.71

Past Performance:
Bon-ton Stores has beat analyst estimates 2 times in the past four quarters. This is not consistent enough to get bullish yet.

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