Lululemon, The Recession, and Yoga (LULU)

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Lululemon Athletica Inc. (NASDAQ: LULU) managed to beat earnings estimates this morning, but the guidance leaves little to be desired.  The yoga-wear company reported profit of $0.13 per share and posted a 34% annual gain in revenues of $87 million.  First Call had estimates of $0.12 for profit and $86.5 million in sales. 

Lulu’s guidance for its Q4 period is now $0.15 to $0.17 EPS on revenueof $90 million to $95 million.  First Call estimates were $0.26 EPS and$130.4 million.  The mid-point of this range is indicative of more thana 10% year-over-year drop in revenues and in earnings.

Shares are down 8% at $9.60 in early pre-market indications, and its 52-week trading range is $6.96 to $50.60.

The good news is that the company is still profitable.  The bad news is that Yoga is not recession-proof. 

Jon C. Ogg
December 11, 2008