Shares of Planet Fitness Inc. (PLNT) fell 1.3% toward a three-month low in premarket trading Thursday, following the fitness center operator's latest financial results. While the company beat fourth-quarter earnings expectations, it provided a downbeat growth outlook for the current year.

Financial Performance Highlights

  • Net Income: Increased to $35.3 million, or 41 cents a share, up from $33.7 million, or 40 cents a share, in the year-ago period.
  • Adjusted Earnings Per Share: Came in at 60 cents, surpassing the FactSet consensus of 58 cents.
  • Total Revenue: Grew 1.4% to $285.1 million, exceeding the FactSet consensus of $282.7 million.
  • Franchise Revenue: Rose by 13.9% to $98.2 million.
  • Corporate-Owned Revenue: Increased by 15.9% to $116.4 million.
  • Equipment Revenue: Dropped 25.5% to $70.4 million.

Growth Outlook and Forecast

For the year 2024, Planet Fitness expects adjusted EPS to increase in the 10% to 11% range and revenue to be up 6% to 7%. However, the FactSet consensus indicates higher growth rates, with EPS expected to grow by 12.1% and revenue by 7.8%.

Transition Year for Franchisees

The company's CEO, Craig Benson, noted that with the new growth model focused on reducing capital requirements for opening and maintaining franchise locations, 2024 will be a "transition year" for franchisees.

Stock Performance

Year to date, Planet Fitness stock has declined by 9.8%, in contrast to the broader market represented by the S&P 500, which has gained 4.4%.

Overall, while Planet Fitness exceeded earnings expectations, the market reaction indicates concerns regarding its growth outlook for the coming year.

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