The TJX Companies, Inc. ( TJX Quick Quote TJX - Free Report) is likely to post an increase in the top and the bottom line when it reports first-quarter fiscal 2022 results on May 19. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings has moved up by a cent to 28 cents per share in the past 30 days. The estimate suggests a significant rise against a loss of 74 cents per share reported in the year-ago quarter. Notably, TJX Companies has a trailing four-quarter negative earnings surprise of 89.8%, on average. In the last reported quarter, the company reported a negative earnings surprise of 18%. The consensus mark for first-quarter revenues is pegged at $8.4 billion, which indicates a surge of 91.5% from the figure reported in the year-ago quarter. Factors to Watch
TJX Companies has been benefiting from its efforts to strengthen the e-commerce business, as the pandemic has led to increased preference for this mode of shopping. Further, the company’s HomeGoods segment has been seeing robust demand for a while now. Incidentally, open-only comp store sales increased 12% in the HomeGoods (U.S.) segment during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021. Apart from these, the company is committed toward boosting growth, through effective marketing initiatives and loyalty programs.
However, The TJX Companies is witnessing coronavirus-induced hurdles like temporary store closures. In its last earnings call, management highlighted that nearly 690 stores were temporarily shut due to government mandates amid the coronavirus pandemic, at present. Most of these closed stores were situated in Europe. The company had notified that overall it anticipates stores to be closed for nearly 11% of fiscal first quarter. Overall sales, pretax margin and earnings per share are likely to have been negatively affected by these closures. Well, temporary store closures are likely to have lowered first-quarter sales by $750-$850 million. Apart from these, TJX Companies is likely to have incurred higher net costs related to the pandemic in the quarter under review. What the Zacks Model Unveils
Our proven model predicts an earnings beat for TJX Companies this time around. The combination of a positive
Earnings ESP and a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), 2 (Buy) or 3 (Hold) increases the odds of an earnings beat. You can uncover the best stocks to buy or sell before they’re reported with our Earnings ESP Filter. TJX Companies carries a Zacks Rank #3 and an Earnings ESP of +11.80%. More Stocks With Favorable Combinations
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