American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. (NYSE:AEO) delivered a profit and missed Wall Street’s expectations, AND came up short on beating the revenue expectation. The revenue miss is a negative sign to shareholders seeking high growth out of the company. Shares are down 8.65%.

American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. Earnings Cheat Sheet

Results: Adjusted Earnings Per Share increased 57.14% to $0.55 in the quarter versus EPS of $0.35 in the year-earlier quarter.

Revenue: Rose 7.13% to $1.12 billion from the year-earlier quarter.

Actual vs. Wall St. Expectations: American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. reported adjusted EPS income of $0.55 per share. By that measure, the company missed the mean analyst estimate of $0.56. It missed the average revenue estimate of $1.12 billion.

Quoting Management: Robert Hanson, chief executive officer stated, “I’m extremely pleased with our progress in 2012 as the team delivered on our near-term priorities and exceeded our targeted financial metrics. In a competitive and volatile consumer environment, we drove a strong top line on leaner inventories, reduced markdowns and achieved cost leverage. We remain focused on our strategic plan aimed at fortifying our brands and processes and growing our business across North America. Concurrently, we are laying the ground work for transformational global expansion, while continuing to drive strong returns to our shareholders.”

Revenue increased 22.7% from $910.37 million in the previous quarter. EPS increased 34.15% from $0.41 in the previous quarter.

Looking Forward: Analysts have a neutral outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings is a profit of $0.25 and has not changed. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $1.40, which is the same with that ninety days ago.

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