Big Lots, Inc. ( BIG Quick Quote BIG - Free Report) is likely to report a decline in its top and bottom lines in its third-quarter fiscal 2023 results on Nov 30 before market open compared with its last fiscal year’s figures. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for BIG’s fiscal third quarter’s bottom line is pegged at a loss of $4.71 per share, wider than the loss of $2.99 per share reported in the year-earlier quarter. The consensus estimate has declined by 0.6% in the past 30 days. The consensus mark for quarterly revenues is pinned at $1,030 million, indicating a 14.4% drop from the prior-year quarter's reported number. This Columbus, OH-based player delivered an earnings surprise of 1.2%, on average, in the trailing four quarters. Key Factors to Note
Big Lots’ quarterly performance is anticipated to reflect the adverse impacts of a challenging macroeconomic backdrop, including a high inflationary environment. On its last reported quarter's earnings call, management expected its sales backdrop to remain challenging in the fiscal third quarter. Big Lots is likely to have witnessed persistent pressure in the demand environment, primarily for higher tickets and other discretionary items.
The closure of a key vendor led to product shortages that have been affecting the company’s furniture sales. Lower tax refunds and higher interest rates might have dented the demand for its products, in turn affecting its performance. Consequently, management forecasts comparable sales to decline in the low teens range for the fiscal third quarter. High costs and operating expenses might have been a concern for the company. For instance, in the second quarter of fiscal 2023, selling, general & administrative expenses as a percentage of net sales increased 370 basis points year over year to 39.8%. Higher occupancy, depreciation and advertising costs are likely to have marred its margin performance in the to-be-reported quarter. Our model estimates adjusted SG&A expenses as a percentage of net sales to increase 430 basis points in the fiscal third quarter. The company’s focus on cost management and operational efficiency, along with lower inbound freight rates, are likely to have offered some respite. Our estimate for the gross margin is pegged at 36% in the quarter, reflecting a year-over-year improvement of 200 basis points. Big Lots’ Operation North Star initiative and e-commerce business appear encouraging as well. Strength in BIG’s Broyhill and Real Living brands are likely to have been tailwinds. Also, BIG’s focus on strategic actions, including inventory management, boosting customer experience and embracing innovative sourcing strategies, is expected to have driven its third-quarter performance. What the Zacks Model Unveils
Our proven model predicts an earnings beat for Big Lots 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. That is the case here. Big Lots has an Earnings ESP of +8.65%. You can uncover the best stocks to buy or sell before they’re reported with our Earnings ESP Filter. The company carries a Zacks Rank #3 at present. Other Stocks Poised to Beat Earnings Estimates
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