Francesca’s Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:FRAN) CEO Steven Paul Lawrence purchased 10,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Friday, September 14th. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $4.11 per share, for a total transaction of $41,100.00. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 209,832 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $862,409.52. The purchase was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink.

Shares of NASDAQ FRAN opened at $4.25 on Tuesday. Francesca’s Holdings Corp has a 1-year low of $3.53 and a 1-year high of $8.48. The stock has a market cap of $147.07 million, a PE ratio of 36.91 and a beta of 0.05.

Francesca’s (NASDAQ:FRAN) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, September 11th. The specialty retailer reported $0.01 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.04 by ($0.03). Francesca’s had a net margin of 0.12% and a return on equity of 3.35%. The company had revenue of $113.00 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $120.77 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.20 EPS. Francesca’s’s revenue for the quarter was down 5.6% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts forecast that Francesca’s Holdings Corp will post 0.15 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the company. MetLife Investment Advisors LLC acquired a new position in shares of Francesca’s during the second quarter valued at about $133,000. Victory Capital Management Inc. acquired a new stake in shares of Francesca’s in the 1st quarter worth about $134,000. First Mercantile Trust Co. acquired a new stake in shares of Francesca’s in the 2nd quarter worth about $159,000. Exencial Wealth Advisors LLC raised its holdings in shares of Francesca’s by 58.3% in the 2nd quarter. Exencial Wealth Advisors LLC now owns 21,339 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $161,000 after acquiring an additional 7,855 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Quantitative Systematic Strategies LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Francesca’s in the 2nd quarter worth about $192,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 98.40% of the company’s stock.

A number of analysts have commented on FRAN shares. B. Riley upped their price target on shares of Francesca’s from $8.00 to $9.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, August 15th. ValuEngine lowered shares of Francesca’s from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, September 7th. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Francesca’s from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, June 26th. TheStreet upgraded shares of Francesca’s from a “d+” rating to a “c-” rating in a report on Friday, June 1st. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Francesca’s from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, September 6th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $5.67.

About Francesca’s

Francesca's Holdings Corporation, through its subsidiaries, operates a chain of retail boutiques. It offers fashion apparel, jewelry, accessories, and gifts primarily for women between the ages of 18 and 35. The company's apparel products comprise dresses, fashion tops, sweaters, cardigans and wraps, bottoms, outerwear and jackets, tees and tanks, and intimates; and jewelry includes necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and rings.

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