Express Inc. (EXPR): Technicals Say You should Hold

Express Inc. (NYSE:EXPR) saw an upside of 1.72% on Monday to $4.60 after adding $0.08. The 5-day average trading volume is 2,255,415 shares of the company’s common stock. It has gained $4.85 in the past week. An average of 3,359,104 shares of the company has been traded in the last 20 days, and the 50-day average volume stands at 4,972,764.

EXPR’s 1-month performance is -15.83% or -$0.61 on its low of $4.37 reached on 10/06/21. The company’s shares have touched a 52-week low of $0.57 and high of $13.97, with the stock’s rally to the 52-week high happening on 01/27/21. YTD, EXPR has achieved 396.70% or $3.76. However, the current price is down -67.09%% from the 52-week high price.

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Insider Transactions

On Jun 25, 108 days have gone by since the last insider trading activity for Express Inc. (EXPR). Moellering Matthew C (President and COO) most recently sold 33,222 shares at $7.50 per share on Jun 25. This transaction cost the insider $249,165. SVP, CFO and Treasurer, Pericleous Periclis, sold 31,900 shares at a price of $8.01 on Jun 25. Then, on Jun 02, President and COO Moellering Matthew C sold 33,222 shares at a price of $6.50 per share. This transaction amounted to $215,943.

Valuation Metrics

Express Inc. (EXPR) has a trailing price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 21.00 for the broader industry and 31.00 for the sector. The company’s PE ratio for the last five years has touched a high of 59.05 and a low of 9.054. EXPR stock has a beta of 1.90. Moving on to other valuation ratios, the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio is 0.20.

Express Inc.’s quick ratio for the period ended July 30 was 0.20, with the current ratio over the same period at 0.70 meaning that EXPR stock is not able to fulfill its debt obligations. In terms of profitability, the gross margin trailing 12 months is 20.10%. The trailing 12-month EBITDA margin is -28.57% while for the period ending July 30; Express Inc.’s operating margin was -12.80%. The firm’s gross profit as reported stood at -$4.91 million against revenue of $1.21 billion.

Earnings Surprise

For the quarterly period ending July 30 this year, Net income and sales went up compared to those figures reported in the previous quarter. Analysts expected EXPR to announce -$0.3 per share in earnings in its latest quarter, but it posted $0.02, representing a 106.70% surprise. EBITDA for the quarter stood at more than $32.15 million. EXPR stock balance sheet for the quarter ending July 30 shows that total liabilities totaled 1.27 billion, with total debt at $955.41 million. Shareholders hold equity totaling $66.98 million

Technical Picture

Let’s look briefly at Express Inc. (EXPR) price momentum from a technical analysis perspective. The 9-day relative strength index as at close on 08 October was 39.11% to suggest the stock is trending Neutral, with historical volatility in this time period at 52.38%.

The stock’s 5-day moving average is $4.56, reflecting a -0.43% or -$0.02 change from its current price. EXPR is currently trading -18.64% above its 20-day SMA, +30.08% above its 100-day SMA. However, the stock’s current price level is away from the SMA50 and SMA200 by -0.43% and +344.76% respectively.

Stochastic %K and %D was 16.54% and 11.55% and the average true range (ATR) pointed at 0.28. The RSI (14) points at 39.89%, while the 14-day stochastic is at 23.26% with the period’s ATR at 0.32. The stock’s 9-day MACD Oscillator is pointing at -0.09 and -0.31 on the 14-day charts.

Analyst Ratings

In the most recent analyst report for Express Inc. (NYSE: EXPR), Wedbush launched coverage with a Neutral rating. Analysts offering their rating for EXPR stock have a consensus rating for the stock as Hold. Currently, 0 brokerage advisors rate EXPR as a “sell,”, while 2 advise that investors “Hold.” 0 analysts have rated the stock as underweight. 0 rates the stock as overweight while 0 have offered a “buy” rating.

What is EXPR’s price target for the next 12 months?

Analysts have a consensus price target ranging from a low of $6.00 and a high of $6.00, with their median price target at $6.00. Looking at these predictions, the average price target given by analysts is for Express Inc. (EXPR) stock is $6.00.


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