Saturday, February 19, 2011

RadioShack Corp. (NYSE: RSH): Q4 Earnings Preview 2010

RadioShack Corp. (NYSE: RSH) is scheduled to release its fourth-quarter earnings after the closing bell on Tuesday, February 22, 2011. Analysts, on average, expect the company to report earnings of 53 cents a share on revenue of $1.37 billion. In the year ago period, the company reported earnings of 60 cents per share on revenue of $1.32 billion.

RadioShack Corporation engages in the retail sale of consumer electronic goods and services through its RadioShack store chain and non-RadioShack branded kiosk operations. RadioShack's retail network includes approximately 4,695 company-operated stores in the United States and Mexico, more than 1,265 wireless phone kiosks in the United States, and approximately 1,220 dealer outlets worldwide.

In the preceding third quarter, the Fort Worth, Texas-based company's net income was $46 million, or 37 cents per share, compared with a profit of $37.4 million, or 30 cents per share, in the prior-year quarter. Net sales and operating revenues grew to $1.05 billion from $990 million. Analysts, on average, expected the company to report earnings of 35 cents per share on revenue of $1.04 billion.

The company has been plagued by shrinking margins due to higher demand for lower-margin wireless handsets and increased markdowns. The company also faces stiff competition from bigger rival Best Buy Co Inc's (NYSE: BBY) aggressive targeting of the wireless space.

Last month, RadioShack Corp. warned investors that its fourth-quarter earnings are going to fall short of expectations. For the fourth quarter, the company projected earnings of 50 cents to 54 cents a share on revenue of about $1.37 billion. It said same-store sales for U.S. company-operated stores and kiosks increased about 1%. RadioShack said its preliminary consolidated gross margin declined, mainly due to disappointing performance of its T-Mobile business, a higher sales mix of lower margin wireless handsets, and incremental promotional and clearance markdowns.

RadioShack has been busy rebranding its image in an advertising campaign designed to give the company a more contemporary image, calling itself simply "The Shack" and dropping the "Radio." It's an effort to appeal to a generation who has grown up listening to iPods, rather than radios.

In January, the company also announced that Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Julian Day is stepping down in May.

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