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RadioShack Corp. Message Board

  • bfe2412 bfe2412 Oct 18, 2012 3:28 PM Flag

    Forbes Earnings Preview: RadioShack

    Analysts are predicting grim results for RadioShack (RSH) when the company releases its third quarter numbers on Tuesday, October 23, 2012. They are expecting the company to take a loss of -17 cents a share after RadioShack booked a profit of 15 cents a year ago.

    Analysts are expecting a loss of 17 cents per share, a swing from a profit of 15 cents a year ago.

    Over the past three months, the consensus estimate has sagged from 8 cents. For the fiscal year, analysts are expecting a loss of 34 cents per share. Revenue is expected to be $1.04 billion for the quarter, 0.8% higher than the year-earlier total of $1.03 billion. For the year, revenue is projected to roll in at $4.39 billion.

    Over the last four quarters, revenue has fallen an average of 1.1% year-over-year. The biggest drop came in the first quarter, when revenue fell 5.2% from the year-earlier quarter.

    Analysts generally think investors should stand pat on RadioShack, with 14 of 20 analysts rating it hold. Analyst sentiment has improved recently, as the number of buy ratings has risen slightly over the past three months. Even so, since July 20, 2012, the stock price has dipped 34.2% to $2.44 from $3.71.

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    • What else does anyone expect? RSH used to sell electronics and electronic components. RSH execs have shifted the company's focus to mobile devices with an increasingly narrow profit margin. Meanwhile, consumers seem to be adamant in their continuing strong dislike of Radio Shack's longstanding policy of aggressive, high-pressure sales tactics. Steadily decreasing foot traffic, a new focus on highly competitive, low-margin goods coupled with company name many associate with pushy sales people and you have recipe for corporate bankruptcy. RSH be better off to liquidate their entire inventory, change their name to Tandy Animal Grooming, and devote themselves to helping Rover and his animal friends look their very best. You'd see a big increase in profit margins and you'd lose the strong negative stigma associated with name "Radio Shack". RSH officials desperately need to try something radically different or the sad fatal path RSH oblivion is fated. What course will RSH choose?

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