It appears that most market participants were expecting at the least a earnings miss. Instead they got a big buyback to support the stock price. This is what happens when investors focus too much on the weak competition. Difficult to extrapolate too much especially when it's just a regional player as well.
DKS did lower the upper guidance by $0.01, but that wasn't a shock. Comps are now expected to be flat versus the original expectation of slightly up.
The buyback is interesting as I don't see DKS stock as incredibly cheap, but the company is one of the few retailers that has the cash on hand.
Per DKS PR:
- announced today that its Board of Directors has authorized a share repurchase program of up to $200 million of the Company's common stock over the next 12 months. (roughly 4%)
- expects consolidated earnings per diluted share to be $0.87 to 0.88 for the fourth quarter of 2011.
- For full year 2011, non-GAAP consolidated earnings per diluted share are expected to be $2.01 to 2.02. The Company's fourth quarter and full year 2011 revised expectations compare to original guidance of $0.87 to 0.89 and $2.01 to 2.03, respectively, as previously disclosed in its press release dated November 15, 2011.
- expects fourth quarter 2011 consolidated same store sales to be slightly negative to slightly positive compared to the original outlook of flat to an increase of 1%.
With this news the stock is back over $40 and approaching the $41 closing highs from back in mid November. The gap is concerning, but many stocks lately are forming gaps and not filling them. At least not immediately. See Liz Claiborne (LIZ).
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