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Virco (VIRC) Gears Up to Post Q3 Earnings: What to Expect?

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Virco Mfg. Corporation (VIRC - Free Report) is expected to have generated lower earnings in third-quarter fiscal 2024 on a year-over-year basis due to higher freight and service costs.

In the last reported quarter, the company’s earnings and net sales surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 48.4% and 12.7%, respectively. On a year-over-year basis, revenues increased by 30% and earnings per share expanded by 58.3% from the year-ago quarter.

Its bottom line topped the consensus mark in each of the trailing four quarters, with an average of 174.4%.

Trend in Estimate Revision

The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the to-be-reported quarter’s earnings has remained stable at 39 cents per share over the past 60 days. The estimated figure indicates an 18.8% decline from the year-ago quarter’s earnings of 48 cents per share.

The consensus mark for net sales is $81.3 million, suggesting a rise of 5% year over year.

Factors to Note

VIRC is likely to have generated soft net sales and lower earnings in the fiscal third quarter. This educational furniture company primarily faces extreme seasonality and generates approximately 50% of its total sales from June to August each year and the remaining 50% in the rest of the year.

This apart, it experiences significant freight and service costs as well as shipping and classroom delivery costs, which ultimately impact the bottom line. These headwinds are likely to have affected its fiscal third-quarter results.

Nonetheless, Virco’s vertically integrated model remains highly adaptable to assist schools in adjusting their calendars and curricula to address student learning challenges. This adaptability, coupled with solid control over inventories, delivery performance and the entire order-to-cash cycle, enables the company to continue serving educators and students in finding innovative solutions to recent challenges.

What Our Quantitative Model Predicts

Our proven model does not conclusively predict an earnings beat for Virco 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.

Earnings ESP: Earnings ESP is 0.00%. You can uncover the best stocks to buy or sell before they’re reported with our Earnings ESP Filter.

Zacks Rank: Virco currently carries a Zacks Rank #3. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

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