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Kroger (KR) Queued for Q1 Earnings: Factors to Consider

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The Kroger Co. (KR - Free Report) is likely to register a decline in the top line when it reports first-quarter fiscal 2021 results on Jun 17, before the market opens. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for revenues is pegged at $39,222 million, indicating a decline of 5.6% from the prior-year reported figure.

Further, the bottom line of this operator of supermarket chain is expected to decrease year over year. We note that the Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings for the quarter under review has been stable at 99 cents over the past 30 days. The figure suggests a decline from $1.22 per share reported in the year-ago period.

Notably, the company has a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 19.3%, on average. In the last reported quarter, this Cincinnati, OH-based company’s bottom line surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 17.4%.

Key Factors to Note

Kroger is likely to have faced tough year-over-year comparisons in sales, as COVID-19 benefits are lapped. Industry experts believe that lower at-home consumption activities and a drop in pantry-loading trends might have hurt the company’s first-quarter top-line performance.

Apart from this, stiff competition in the grocery segment remained a significant headwind. Again, costs related to additional employee payments and benefits, and investments undertaken to preserve safety and health of customers and team members amid the coronavirus crisis might have weighed on the to-be-reported quarter’s margins.

While aforementioned factors do raise concerns, we cannot ignore the efforts undertaken by Kroger to strengthen position not only with respect to products but also in terms of the way consumers prefer shopping. The company has been making significant investments to enhance product freshness and quality, and expand digital capabilities. Impressively, Kroger has been introducing new items under its “Our Brands” portfolio. Cumulatively, these are likely to have aided the company’s first-quarter performance.

The company’s “Restock Kroger” program involving investments in omni-channel platform, identifying margin-rich alternative profit streams, merchandise optimization, and lowering of expenses have been gaining traction. Realizing the need of the hour, the company has been offering a no-contact delivery option, low-contact pickup service and ship-to-home orders.


The Kroger Co. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

The Kroger Co. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

The Kroger Co. price-consensus-eps-surprise-chart | The Kroger Co. Quote

What the Zacks Model Unveils

Our proven model does not conclusively predict a beat for Kroger this earnings season. 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.

Kroger has a Zacks Rank #3 but an Earnings ESP of 0.00%.

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