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Chico's stock falls toward lowest level in a decade after same-store sales miss, lowered guidance

Tomi Kilgore

Shares of Chico's FAS Inc. slumped 6.2% toward a 10 1/2-year low in premarket trade Tuesday, after the women's apparel retailer reported fiscal first-quarter profit and net sales that topped expectations, but missed on same-store sales and lowered its full-year guidance. Net income for the quarter to May 4 fell to $2.03 million, or 2 cents a share, from $29.0 million, or 23 cents a share, in the year-ago period. Excluding non-recurring items, adjusted earnings per share came to 5 cents, above the FactSet consensus of 3 cents. Net sales fell 7.8% to $517.7 million, just above the FactSet consensus of $517.6 million, while the 7.0% decline in same-store sales missed expectations of a 6.5% decline. Gross margin fell to 36.9% of net sales from 40.4%. For fiscal 2019, the company cut its outlook for net sales and same-store sales to a decline in the "low-to-mid-single-digit" percentage range from a "low-single-digit" decline, and lowered its gross margin as a percent of sales guidance to be down 50 to 100 basis points (0.50 to 1.00 percentage points) from flat to down 50 basis points. The stock, on track to open at the lowest price seen during regular session hours since December 2008, has lost 33% over the past three months, while the SPDR S&P Retail ETF has fallen 8.2% and the S&P 500 has gained 3.7%.