PriceSmart Inc., an operator of membership warehouse clubs, Monday reported a decline in profit for the third quarter, hurt mainly by higher expenses. Earnings and revenues for the quarter fell short of analysts’ expectations. Following the news, shares of PriceSmart fell about seven percent in after-hours trade.
The San Diego, California-based company’s net income for the quarter dropped to $15.7 million or $0.52 per share from $16.3 million or $0.55 per share last year. On average, five analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected earnings of $0.60 per share for the quarter. Analysts’ estimates typically exclude special items.
PriceSmart, which operates warehouse shopping clubs in Central America, Latin America and the Caribbean, said total revenues for the quarter grew to $506.8 million from $431.1 million last year. Wall Street analysts on consensus estimated revenues of $510.68 million for the quarter.
Net warehouse club sales increased 17.4 percent to $494.9 million from last year. Comparable warehouse club sales, or sales in the warehouse clubs that have been open for greater than 13 1/2 calendar months, grew 12.9 percent.
Total operating expenses for the quarter increased to $481.4 million from $409.3 million last year.
PSMT closed Monday’s trading on the Nasdaq at $63.05, down 0.14%, on a volume of 0.5 million shares. The stock further lost 7.06% in after-hours trade.