Footwear retailer DSW Inc. on Monday said it expects lower adjusted earnings for the second quarter, below analysts’ estimates, in view of store expansion costs. The company backed its fiscal 2012 earnings forecast. Separately, the company announced that its Board of Directors has authorized to repurchase up to $100.0 million of common stock over the next twelve months.
For the second quarter, DSW expects adjusted earnings per share in the range of $0.60 to $0.64, lower than prior year’s adjusted earnings per share of $0.74.
On average, eight analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expect earnings of $0.76 per share for the quarter. Analysts’ estimates typically excludes special items.
The company said the outlook is based on more normalized gross margin performance in the second quarter and previously announced pre-opening costs associated with the acceleration in its store expansion.
Mike MacDonald, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “Growth in comparable sales for the second quarter is in line with our expectations of between 2 percent and 4 percent; however, we are seeing a more normalized mix of regular-priced and clearance-priced sales. This contrasts with the second quarter of last year when regular-priced sales accelerated, driving a +12 percent comparable sales increase and all-time record high merchandise margins.”
For fiscal 2012, the company continues to expect adjusted earnings per share of $3.25 to $3.40, higher than last year’s $3 per share. Analysts expect earnings of $3.37 per share.
DSW continues to expect comparable sales to increase in the 3 percent to 5 percent range for the full year.