Francesca's Holdings Corp

  • Three Hated Stocks That Should be Loved

    By Rupert Hargreaves - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: FRAN, FTR, RGR

    Francesca's (NASDAQ: FRAN). Personally, I believe that Francesca's is a great company with a strong business model.

    In fashion, staying new and fresh is key, additionally, operating costs must be kept low, indeed, many companies are haemorrhaging cash just keeping staff in stores even on minimum wage but not Francesca's, the company's key business more »

  • Three Short Story Stocks

    By AnnaLisa Kraft - July 31, 2013 | Tickers: ANN, FRAN, VRA

    Imagine three sisters hanging out at the mall: baby sister Fran is small and quirky, bigger sister Ann is more grown up and elegant, and middle sister Vera is artistic but troubled. I speak of none other than Francesca Holdings (NASDAQ: FRAN), ANN INC (NYSE: ANN), and Vera Bradley (NASDAQ: VRA), all small-cap retailers of women's apparel and accessories.

    I visited all three stores at a local upscale mall more »

  • An Opportunity in a Difficult Business

    By Chad Henage - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: ANF, AEO, FRAN, BKE

    I’m constantly on the lookout for new stocks to follow. Since I’m a big fan of Peter Lynch’s investment style, one way I find new ideas is from retailers that are popular with my family. When I asked my wife what her nieces favorite stores were, she said they all liked Francesca’s (NASDAQ: FRAN), and I immediately put it on my watch list. As Lynch said more »

  • The Little Boutique With Big Plans

    By Mark Yagalla - July 25, 2013 | Tickers: ANN, CHS, FRAN

    Francesca's (NASDAQ: FRAN) is a fast-growing specialty retailer for women. Its target customers are fashion-conscious women with its merchandise selection and boutique setting. As of Feb. 2, the company had 360 stores in 44 states that average roughly 1,385 square feet each. Its small-store footprint allows for less staffing and for quick inventory turnover. Francesca's sells clothing, jewelry, bags, shoes and accessories.

    First-quarter results

    Francesca's share more »

  • 3 Winning Small Caps Set for Further Growth

    By Rupert Hargreaves - July 18, 2013 | Tickers: FRAN, SWHC, UAM

    So far this year, the S&P 500 is up around 17.8%, however, the Russell 2000, the small-cap market index composed of the bottom 2,000 stocks in the Russell 3000 index, is up 22%.

    Small caps have beaten the wider market due to their lack of international exposure and domestic growth. For example, international companies have been hurt by a rising U.S. dollar and mixed growth around more »

  • This Fashion Boutique May Be Underestimated

    By Eric Novinson - June 6, 2013 | Tickers: FRAN, LULU, URBN

    Fashion boutique chain Francesca's (NASDAQ: FRAN) reported 1Q 2013 results that included unimpressive comparable store sales and weaker margins, but this miss could be an opportunity.

    This clothing and accessories retailer employs business strategies that have been very effective for other stores. Like other fashion retailers that share these strengths, Francesca's carries a premium valuation.


    Francesca's uses a compelling strategy to sell clothing, jewelry, and accessories more »

  • 3 Small Cap Plays on Rising Retail Sales

    By Leo Sun - May 15, 2013 | Tickers: FRAN, RUE, VRA

    A recent report from the U.S. Department of Commerce showed an unexpected jump in retail sales for April, which rose 0.5% year-on-year after an anemic 0.1% gain in March. Excluding gas and auto sales, retail sales rose 0.6%. Economists had originally projected a 0.3% decline in April.

    Strong sales of building materials, clothing, sporting goods and electronics boosted retail sales, which account for 30% of more »

  • This Retail Boutique Might Experience Further Price Correction

    By Anh HOANG - March 28, 2013 | Tickers: ANN, FRAN, URBN

    Francesca’s Holdings (NASDAQ: FRAN) is a typical growth stock with decent price performance. Since the beginning of 2012 it has advanced from $17.30 per share to around $28.50 per share. The market values this retail boutique chain quite expensively at 14.9 times EV/EBITDA and more than 18 times its book value.

    In addition, Francesca seems to be a favorite stock of many investment managers, including more »

  • This Stock Is Dressing Up

    By Marshall Hargrave - March 22, 2013 | Tickers: ANN, EXPR, FRAN, JOSB, MW

    It appears that The Men’s Wearhouse (NYSE: MW) has caught the attention of investors, with the stock moving up over 15% in a single day last week. Have no fear, there is still room for Men's Wearhouse to move higher; the stock is still 20% below its 52-week high. 

    The run up was due to the news that shows that Men's Wearhouse has engaged Jefferies to evaluate more »

  • The One Brick-And-Mortar Retailer To Invest In

    By George Liu - February 14, 2013 | Tickers: FRAN, JCP, M

    In today's cutthroat retail environment, shops have to be extremely flexible in order to survive. Francesca's Holdings (NASDAQ: FRAN) epitomizes this flexibility in the retail industry, operating a chain of retail boutiques under the Francescas collections brand in the United States. A huge part of Francesca's Holdings' business model is affordability, which is definitely smart considering the weakness of the U.S. economy and the strong more »

  • Is Francesca's a Retail Succss or Just a Fad?

    By Mark Holder - February 4, 2013 | Tickers: ANN, FRAN, URBN

    Based on research, Francesca’s Holdings (NASDAQ: FRAN) seems to be on a winning streak. The company started in 1999 in Houston and currently operates over 360 boutiques. The stores have a one of a kind upscale feel, caters to 18-35 year old women and allow managers to personalize each store providing the impression of individual stores.

    Francesca’s collection carries limited quantities of items to create a so-called treasure more »

  • A Stock for the Stoic Investor

    By Jonathan Lim - February 1, 2013 | Tickers: ASNA, FRAN, CATO, TJX

    Mr. Market favors the stoic investor, though he dares not admit it. In fact, he tries to mask this preference, allowing the emotional investor to triumph in the short term. But should the latter be so foolish (not to be confused with Foolish) as to overestimate the duration of his or her lucky streak, there goes all the gains.

    The real strength of a dispassionate approach lies in the ability more »

  • Cheap, Quickly Growing Stocks for 2013 (Last Part)

    By Anh HOANG - January 4, 2013 | Tickers: ANN, FRAN, POZN, URBN

    This is the last article in my 3 part series about a growth portfolio with high return but cheaply valued stocks in 2013. I have talked about 4 stocks, each of which fits perfectly our four criteria: (1) more than 25% EPS growth, (2) more than 25% return on investment, (3) no long-term debt, and (4) below 1x Price-to-Earnings Growth ratio. Those already-covered stocks are Apple, American Public Education, Baidu more »

  • Insiders Are Telling You to Buy These Stocks

    By Brian Nichols - December 29, 2012 | Tickers: ANF, CYTX, FRAN, ODP

    Let’s not fool ourselves, an insider knows what’s going to happen before it happens. They have a good grasp on sales, demand, supply, and other operational metrics that are vital to success. Therefore, when an insider purchases shares of his or her company, it might be a sign of what’s to come. Therefore, I am looking at a few top insider buys, along with one major institutional more »

  • Cedar Fair, Weatherford, and More Stocks Insiders Are Buying

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - December 28, 2012 | Tickers: FUN, FRAN, NAV, OFG, WFT

    Insider purchases are worth tracking because on average, though not always, stocks bought by insiders outperform the market (Read about academic studies on insider trading). This can be helpful in a couple different ways. When researching a stock, for example, investors can consider insider activity as one of the many factors that go into an investment decision. Another way to use insider activity is to take a quick look at more »

  • These Five Stocks Had Insiders Buy Shares

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - December 17, 2012 | Tickers: AYR, FBHS, FRAN, HMA, CLX

    Sales of stock by insiders can indicate that the insiders are negative about the company’s prospects, but not always; it is rational to diversify, and if an insider already depends on a company for a portion of their income it can make sense to sell, even if they have neutral feelings about the stock. Purchases by insiders are another story. The same logic explaining why insiders might sell even more »

  • Insiders Are Going Shopping at Francesca’s

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - December 14, 2012 | Tickers: ANN, FRAN, LTD, KORS, ULTA

    Our database of insider trading filings shows three insiders at Francesca’s Holdings (NASDAQ: FRAN) buying the stock on December 12th at prices generally between $23.20 and $23.60. CEO John Merritt bought 10,000 shares, an executive vice president bought about 4,200 shares, and Neill Davis, the company’s president, purchased 3,000 shares. The stock had already seen a round of insider buying in September more »

  • Buy This Specialty Retailer for a High Growth Portfolio

    By Anh HOANG - December 12, 2012 | Tickers: ANN, FRAN, URBN

    Francesca’s Holdings Corp (NASDAQ: FRAN) just received the upgrade from Jefferies from Hold to Buy with a price target of $38 per share, due to its lower valuation, new management, and attractive operating characteristics. It is currently trading at only $23.83 per share. This means that Jefferies put a high price target of nearly 60% above its current price. It sounds attractive, so should we follow?

    Business overview more »

  • 5 Stocks Insiders Are Buying Recently

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - September 13, 2012 | Tickers: CALX, ENOC, FRAN, JMBA, SRPT

    We like to keep track of buying and selling by company insiders, particularly when insiders purchase a stock. Because insiders’ income often depends on the company’s prospects, and in other cases they have some of their wealth tied to the company already, the rational thing is to invest elsewhere and diversify- unless the insider is so confident that the expected rise in the stock trumps the benefits of diversification more »

  • Earnings Up, Shares Down

    By riddhi kharkia - September 11, 2012 | Tickers: ANN, CHS, FRAN, URBN

    Retail continues to be a bright spot for the U.S. economy as consumers are cautiously opening their purses and wallets when they find good deals, as the recent retail earning reports suggest.

    Retail Boutique Company, Francesca (NASDAQ: FRAN) reported earnings above analysts’ expectations for the second quarter 2012 earnings, which sent shares of the boutique clothing company rallying by nearly 30% since it made its market debut last year more »

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