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Barnes & Noble Education (BNED) Posts Earnings Miss, Stock Falls

Shares of Barnes & Noble Education BNED fell 12.5% today in afternoon trading on Wednesday after reporting break-even earnings for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2017. 

Barnes & Noble Education, a contract operator of bookstores for academic institutions, reported fourth quarter net income of $227,000. The company broke even on earnings per share, missing analyst estimates of $0.02 earnings per share.

The company’s sales did well this quarter, however. Sales totaled $342.8 million, up from 294.8 million last year. Same-store sales increased 1.4%.

Earlier this year, Barnes & Noble Education completed the acquisition of MBS Textbook Exchange, a used college textbook wholesaler. Currently, there are 712 MBS stores. Moving forward, Barnes & Noble Education will report in two segments: one for Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, or BNC, and one for MBS.

Looking ahead, Barnes & Noble Education expects total sales to be flat in fiscal year 2018. The company projects comparable store sales to fall to a low-to mid-single digit percentage point range. BNED also expects consolidated sales to be in the range of $2.25 billion to $2.35 billion before intercompany eliminations.

BNED remains a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Our current consensus show that there will be positive year-over-year growth for the current year in sales, and the company has a VGM score of ‘B.’

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