Before the opening bell on Wednesday morning, Brown Shoe Company (BWS) released its fourth quarter financial results. Here’s what the results mean for mutual fund investors.
Inside the Results
Brown Shoe reported net income of $16.24 million, or 37 cents per share, up from $6.16 million, or 14 cents per share, last year. Adjusted EPS was 20 cents, which came in above analysts’ estimate of 16 cents,
Sales rose to $615.39 million from $599.96 million last year. Analysts expected to see sales of $626 million.
For FY2015, the company expects to see EPS between $1.78 and $1.88. Sales are expected to be the range of $2.61 billion to $2.63 billion. Analysts expect to see EPS of $1.93 and $2.67 billion in revenue.
Shares Plunge on Cautious Outlook
The company posted higher earnings for the quarter, which was primarily due to strong sales in its Famous Footwear business and the divestiture of Shoes.com. However, going forward, Brown Shoe has issued cautious guidance for the year due to potential delays on the West Coast.
Mutual Funds to Watch
Investors interested in BWS may be interested in the funds listed below. These funds currently have the largest stakes in the company:
|FRVLX||Franklin Small Cap Value A||3.09%|
|GOGFX||Victory Small Company Opportunity R||1.83%|
|NAESX||Vanguard Small Cap||1.70%|
The Bottom Line
The funds listed above allow investors to gain exposure to BWS while remaining diversified. Investors interested in BWS may also be interested in DSW (DSW) and Finish Line (FINL).
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