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Jo-Ann Stores, Inc. (JAS) recently raised fiscal 2011 earnings per share guidance for the second time this year after better than expected second quarter results.
Jo-Ann Stores has seen strong sales growth as consumers have tended to stay home and have engaged in projects around the house.
The company is a fabric and craft retailer with stores in 48 states. It sells craft projects, fabrics, frames, paper crafting material and home accents.
Jo-Ann Stores Swung to a Profit in the Second Quarter
On Aug 25, Jo-Ann Stores reported its fiscal second quarter 2011 results which crushed the Zacks Consensus by 900%. Analysts were only expecting 2 cents but Jo-Ann came in with 20 cents per share.
It was the first time in five years the company generated positive results for the second quarter, which is usually a weak period. It lost 13 cents in the year ago quarter.
Net sales jumped 4.7% to $439.3 million from $419.4 million as same store sales rose 4.4%. Last year, same store sales rose just 1.8%. All segments saw sales growth in the quarter with Internet sales on joann.com seeing the biggest increase, jumping 16% to $8.7 million.
Cash is King
The company's cash position is solid. It had a cash balance of $126.1 million at the end of the second quarter, an increase of $45.9 million from the year ago quarter. It also got rid of its outstanding debt, which had totaled $50.5 million at the end of the second quarter last year.
The company's cash position gives it a lot of operating power.
Given the improving market conditions it expects to open even more stores in fiscal 2012 than it previously anticipated. While it will open 30 stores in fiscal 2011, it expects to open 50 in fiscal 2012.
Full Year Guidance Raised
For the second time this year, Jo-Ann Stores raised its fiscal 2011 guidance. Same store sales are expected to be stronger than expected, in the range of 3% to 4%, up from the previous range of 2.5% to 3.5%.
Earnings per share are now forecast in the range of $3.20 to $3.35, up from the previous guidance of $2.95 to $3.10.
As expected with the big beat, the fiscal 2011 Zacks Consensus has jumped by 22 cents to $3.44 per share which is higher than the company's guidance range. All 6 estimates moved higher.
This is earnings growth of 38.8% compared to fiscal 2010.
Jo-Ann Stores still has attractive value characteristics.
When I last reviewed it in June, it was trading at 13.7x forward estimates and is now cheaper, at 12.4x. This is a value as compared to the S&P 500 which is trading just over 13x forward estimates.
Jo-Ann Stores is a Zacks #1 Rank (strong buy) stock.
Read the June 22, 2010 article.
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