TFM Stock – The Fresh Market Goes Stale With Investors

by Burke Speaker | November 22, 2013 9:32 am

tfm-stock-the-fresh-market[1]With shares down 16% from yesterday’s closing, The Fresh Market (TFM[2]) is not only cutting its earnings forecast again but is now nervously watching US consumer spending in the months ahead.

Its recent earnings, while still positive, missed analysts expectations — and internal ones as well — which is putting TFM stock in downward movement.

The earnings decline isn’t just short term either — TFM expects it to continue.

On a call with media and investors, CFO Jeff Ackerman said the trend would likely go through Q4.

“The primary driver for the adjustment in guidance is really the top line … we are expecting a lower comparable sales rate for the balance of the year,” Ackerman said.

From Reuters:[3]

Fresh Market said it expects earnings[4] of $1.42-$1.47 per share in 2013, down from $1.50-$1.55 per share. Analysts on average expected a profit of $1.53, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Fresh Market said its net income rose to $11.1 million, or 23 cents per share, in the third quarter ended October 27, from $10.9 million, or 23 cents per share, a year earlier. Analysts on average were expecting a profit of 26 cents per share.

Sales rose 13 percent to $364.5 million, missing the average analyst estimate of $373.8 million.

Consumer spending has hit a number of other retailers as well of late. [5]Even Fresh Market competitor Whole Foods (WFM[6]) has had a stock drop earlier this month, but is seen as rebounding. WFM stock is up 23% year to date.

TFM stock is up some 4% year to date.

Its full earnings report can be found here.[7]

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