ValuEngine Lowers Francesca's (FRAN) to Hold

Francesca's (NASDAQ:FRAN) was downgraded by equities researchers at ValuEngine from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a note issued to investors on Sunday.

A number of other brokerages have also weighed in on FRAN. FBR & Co reaffirmed a “neutral” rating and set a $8.00 target price (down from $10.00) on shares of Francesca's in a research report on Wednesday, September 6th. Zacks Investment Research raised Francesca's from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, November 7th. B. Riley reaffirmed a “neutral” rating on shares of Francesca's in a research report on Wednesday, November 1st. TheStreet lowered Francesca's from a “c” rating to a “d+” rating in a research report on Tuesday, December 5th. Finally, BidaskClub raised Francesca's from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, December 20th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Francesca's has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $11.33.

Francesca's (FRAN) opened at $7.31 on Friday. The stock has a market capitalization of $264.48, a P/E ratio of 10.15, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 0.85 and a beta of 0.23. Francesca's has a twelve month low of $6.04 and a twelve month high of $19.50.

Francesca's (NASDAQ:FRAN) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, December 5th. The specialty retailer reported $0.01 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.04 by ($0.03). The business had revenue of $105.80 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $106.02 million. Francesca's had a return on equity of 23.19% and a net margin of 5.52%. Francesca's’s quarterly revenue was down 11.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.23 earnings per share. equities analysts forecast that Francesca's will post 0.68 EPS for the current year.

Several large investors have recently modified their holdings of FRAN. Koch Industries Inc. acquired a new position in shares of Francesca's during the second quarter worth approximately $110,000. Cetera Advisor Networks LLC purchased a new stake in Francesca's in the 3rd quarter valued at $124,000. FNY Managed Accounts LLC purchased a new stake in Francesca's in the 3rd quarter valued at $135,000. Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan raised its position in Francesca's by 57.3% in the 2nd quarter. Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan now owns 13,670 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $149,000 after buying an additional 4,980 shares during the last quarter. Finally, SG Americas Securities LLC purchased a new stake in Francesca's in the 2nd quarter valued at $151,000.

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Francesca's Company Profile

Francesca’s Holdings Corporation is a holding company. The Company is a specialty retailer, which operates a chain of boutiques across the United States. The Company offers a mix of apparel, jewelry, accessories and gifts. As of January 28, 2017, the Company operated 671 boutiques in 48 states and the District of Columbia, and also served its customers through www.francescas.com, its e-commerce Website.

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