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Things to Note Before United Natural's (UNFI) Q3 Earnings

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United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI - Free Report) is likely to witness decline in the bottom line when it reports third-quarter fiscal 2021 numbers on Jun 9. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings has remained unchanged at 93 cents per share in the past 30 days. The projection indicates a decline of 33.6% from the prior-year quarter’s reported figure. This distributor of natural organic, specialty, produce as well as conventional grocery and non-food products has a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 13.6%, on average. In the last reported quarter, the company delivered an earnings surprise of 35.9%.

United Natural’s top line is likely to witness year-over-year growth in the quarter. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for revenues is pegged at $6.9 billion, suggesting a rise of 2.8% from the prior-year quarter’s reported figure.

United Natural Foods, Inc. Price and EPS Surprise


United Natural Foods, Inc. Price and EPS Surprise

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Things to Note

United Natural’s sales are benefiting from e-commerce strength, thanks to increased e-commerce solutions offered by the company. In its last earnings call, management highlighted that 70% of the company’s Independents channel and a greater proportion of Chains channel now provide e-commerce solutions to their customers. Moreover, the company is committed toward optimizing distribution networks, creating increased operating benefits to its Value Path initiative, curtailing the cost structure and making technology-related investments. Additionally, United Natural is benefiting from elevated at-home food consumption amid the coronavirus outbreak.

That being said, United Natural expects third-quarter fiscal 2021 sales, adjusted EBITDA and adjusted earnings per share to be year-over-year lower in the quarter under review, as the year-ago period gained from an unexpected surge in pandemic-induced demand. Also, softness in the company’s foodservice business due to social distancing trends amid the pandemic is a concern.

What the Zacks Model Unveils

Our proven model doesn’t conclusively predict an earnings beat for United Natural 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.

United Natural carries a Zacks Rank #3 and an Earnings ESP of 0.00%.

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