Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Hiding Losses at Chicos?

Notwithstanding its namesake brand, average dollar sales and transaction counts are supposed to be up across all other brands at Chicos FAS (CHS-$10.50), according to management. Why, then, will the company not break out segment profit and loss (P&L) statements?

Looking to extend customer’s experience to intimate apparel, a $13.5 billion market (led by Victoria’s Secret’s commanding 25% share), Chico’s has grown the Soma label from 10 stores in 2005 to more than 200. Given the company’s ambitions are no longer “a secret,” why should the brand’s contribution to P&L still be considered such — unless discount pricing is driving sales growth — and eating into profits?

Read more at 24/7 Wall Street: Fashion and Financial Failures at Chicos

David J Phillips does not hold a financial interest in any stocks mentioned in this article. The 10Q Detective has a Full Disclosure Policy.

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