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Nov. 3, 2021, 6:15 a.m. EDT

Lumber Liquidators stock set to fall after profit and sales fall below expectations

Shares of Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc. (NYS:LL) were indicated down more than 2% in premarket trading Wednesday, after the wood flooring retailer reported third-quarter profit and sales that missed expectations, citing an "increasingly challenging" supply chain and inflationary environment. Net income fell to $8.8 million, or 30 cents a share, from $15.5 million, or 53 cents a share, in the year-ago period. Excluding nonrecurring items, adjusted earnings per share fell to 29 cents from 67 cents, missing the FactSet EPS consensus of 30 cents. Sales declined 4.6% to $282.2 million, below the FactSet consensus of $289.0 million. Cost of sales slipped 1.3%, lowering gross margin to 37.3% from 39.4%. Same-store sales fell 4.5%, while the range of two estimates from analysts surveyed by FactSet was down 2.0% to down 1.5%. "As anticipated, our sales to DIY customers were down versus last year, reflecting a shift in consumer spending to other product and service categories, as well as tough comparisons to the nesting spending that we saw in the third quarter of 2020," said Chief Executive Charles Tyson. Looking ahead, the company said it expects higher material and transportation costs to weigh on gross margins in the fourth quarter and into 2022, and will look to offset these higher costs through pricing and promotion strategies. The stock has slipped 3.2% over the past three months while the S&P 500 (S&P:SPX) has gained 4.7%.

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