MW Trims Q1 Guidance

by MR Magazine Staff

NEW YORK – Citing “softening US sales,” Men’s Wearhouse Wednesday said its first-quarter earnings will fall towards the lower end of its forecast.

One day after closing the purchase of After Hours from Federated Department Stores, the Houston-based menswear and formalwear retailer said that its diluted earnings per share for the first quarter of the retail year will land “at the lower end” of its initial guidance of $0.63 to $0.67.

Analysts had expected earnings of $0.66 per diluted share on sales of $471.7 million during the quarter.

Neill Davis, executive vice president and chief financial officer of MW, based the estimate on a preliminary review of its results for February and March. MW didn’t disclose specific operating results for the two months and has discontinued issuing monthly sales results.

MW is scheduled to release its first-quarter results on May 22.

Shares of MW fell $0.35, or 0.7%, to close Wednesday’s New York Stock Exchange session at $46.83 prior to the release of the revised guidance and, at one point in after-hours trading, tumbled more than 6%.