The Children’s Place Retail Stores Earnings: What Investors Should Watch

The Children’s Place Retail Stores (NASDAQ:PLCE) will report earnings before markets open on Thursday, August 22nd. The Children’s Place Retail Stores, Inc. retails value-priced apparel and accessories for newborn to 12 year old children. The Company designs, contracts to manufacture, and sells its products under The Children’s Place brand name. The Children’s Place operates stores primarily located in regional shopping malls in the eastern half of the United States.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to The Children’s Place Retail Stores Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $-0.53 per share on revenues of $382.41 million. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 21.92.

Analyst Trends:

Analysts have a more negative outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings has fallen from a profit of $1.85 to a profit $1.79. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $3.18, which is better than the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

Here’s how The Children’s Place Retail Stores has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Revenue ($) in millions 1,630 1,644 1,674 1,716 1,809
Diluted EPS ($) 2.79 3.08 3.03 3.01 2.61

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

Quarter Jul. 31, 2012 Oct. 31, 2012 Jan. 31, 2013 Apr. 30, 2013
Revenue ($) in millions 360.83 500.93 509.22 423.16
Diluted EPS ($) -0.74 1.44 0.80 0.83

Past Performance:
The Children’s Place Retail Stores has beat analyst estimates 3 times in the past four quarters. Shareholders could expect a boost if the company beats estimates.

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