(By Balachander) Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ:BBBY) shares tumbled 10.4 percent in extended trading after the retailer of home products guided second-quarter earnings that trailed Wall Street projections.
The Union, New Jersey-based company forecasts earnings per share (EPS) of $0.97 to $1.03, while consensus estimates call in for EPS of $1.08 for the second quarter.
Bed Bath, which agreed to acquire smaller rival Cost Plus Inc. (NASDAQ:CPWM) last month, continues to model fiscal 2012 earnings per share growth in the range of high single to low double digits.
The company also reported first quarter EPS of 89 cents, up 24 percent from same period of last year, topping market expectations of 85 cents. Sales rose 5 percent to about $2.22 billion, slightly shy of consensus estimate of $2.25 billion.
Comparable store sales grew roughly 3.0 percent in the first quarter ended May 26, versus 7.0 percent gain in the year-ago period.
Bed Bath noted its planning assumptions and modeled EPS for the second quarter and 2012 exclude Cost Plus as the transaction has not yet been completed.
The company is acquiring Cost Plus, a retailer of casual home furnishings, for $22 per share or about $495 million. Oakland, California-based Cost Plus, with 2011 sales of $964 million, operates more than 259 stores in 30 states under the names "World Market" and "Cost Plus World Market."
The stock, which has been trading in the 52-week range between $48.75 and $75.84, ended Wednesday's regular trading at $73.67.