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Citigroup Downgrades Build-A-Bear

Citigroup downgrades Build-A-Bear Workshop (BBW) to hold from buy.

Analyst Bill Sims says his downgrade was driven by the shelving of a secondary offering because management believes "there is too much work to be done," and the fact that private-equity holders have begun to liquidate their positions.

He also cites other reasons behind the downgrade, including second-quarter sales that are likely trending below expectations and the company failed to get graduation bears into stores on time.

Sims says senior management appears to be stretched and there's a possibility President and COO Bary Erdos might depart for AnnTaylor. He cuts his 26 cents second-quarter earnings per share estimate to 24 cents, his $1.38 2005 earnings per share to $1.36, and $1.86 2006 earnings per share to $1.77. He sees $2.40 2007 earnings per share.

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