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|August 21, 2014 09:10 AM EDT||
LONDON, August 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
Investor-Edge.com has issued free earnings briefing and coverage on PetSmart Incorporation (NASDAQ: PETM). The company featured in the headlines on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 after declaring its second quarter 2014 results. For the reported quarter, the company's diluted earnings per share (EPS) increased $0.09 from the year ago quarter, and net sales improved to $1.73 billion, from $1.71 billion in the second quarter of 2013. Our free coverage report can be accessed at:
For Q2 2014, PetSmart Inc. reported diluted earnings of $0.98 per share, up from $0.89 per share in the second quarter of 2013. Analysts from Bloomberg had expected company to report earnings of $0.94 per share. The company's net income increased to $98.12 million, from $93.37 million in the prior year quarter, surpassing Bloomberg consensus estimate of $92.36 million. The company reported a gross profit of $515.12 million with gross profit margin of 29.8% in Q2 2014, compared with $515.22 million gross profit and 30.2% gross profit margin in the year ago quarter. However, PetSmart Inc.'s comparable store sales, or sales stores open at least one year, including online sales services sales, declined 0.5%, with comparable transactions falling by 2.6%. The free research on PETM can be downloaded as in PDF format at:
Commenting on the quarterly results, David Lenhardt, President and Chief Executive Officer of PetSmart Inc., stated in the press release that despite the tough conditions in the retail environment the company continues to deliver extraordinary value to its customers and achieve robust earnings and cash flows. Mr. Lenharth added that the company is focused on leveraging its competitive strengths, including superior customer focus and loyalty, and capitalizing on continued growth of the specialty channel. He also announced the planned acquisition of Pet360, an online retail resource for pet parents that connects them with information, products and advice needed to raise happy and healthy pets. He added that the move is intended to make PetSmart a leader in the online retail space. The company entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Pet360 for $130 million, with the possibility of additional performance-based payments amounting to $30 million by the end of 2016.
In its guidance for FY 2014, which excludes the impact of the Pet360 acquisition and benefits/costs associated with the cost improvement initiatives, the Phoenix, Arizona-based specialty retailer expects EPS in the range of $4.29-$4.39 and operating cash flow in range of $600 million - $625 million. Meanwhile, for Q3 2014, the company is anticipating a flat to slightly lower comparable store sales growth with EPS in the range of $0.93-$0.97. Sign up and read the free analyst's notes on PETM at:
A day after the earnings release, on Wednesday, August 20, 2014, the stock gained 1.18% to end the day at $70.52. Shares of PetSmart Inc. vacillated between $69.00 and $71.75 during the session. A total of 3.83 million shares were traded, which was above its three months average volume of 2.70 million shares. Over the previous three trading sessions and in the last one month, shares in PetSmart Inc. have gained of 2.95% and 2.16%, respectively. However, the stock has declined 3.07% from the beginning of 2014. The company's shares are trading above their 50-day and 200-day moving averages. Moreover, the stock's 200-day moving average of $67.05 is greater than its 50-day moving average of $65.66. PetSmart Inc.'s stock traded at a PE ratio of 16.87 and has a Relative Strength Index (RSI) of 61.25. Visit Investor-Edge and access the latest research on PETM at:
In the last one month, PetSmart Inc. has not reported any share transactions by insiders to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Complimentary in-depth research on PETM is available at:
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