Avon Products Inc. (AVP - Free Report) is no more in investors' good books, thanks to its dismal surprise trend. The company’s soft sales and earnings numbers have largely weighed on the stock’s performance. Its bleak prospects are evident from the recent fall in estimates and its Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).
Stock Continues to Decline
Shares of Avon have declined around 35.4% in the past month, significantly wider than the industry’s fall of 8.5%. Additionally, the stock has witnessed a downside of 24.8% since reporting soft first-quarter 2018 results on May 3.
Avon delivered in-line earnings in first-quarter 2018. However, the company lagged earnings estimates in eight of the last 11 quarters. Furthermore, it has an unimpressive top-line surprise trend, with a negative sales surprise in five of the trailing seven quarters. This dismal sales trend can be attributed to soft Representatives growth.
Following the dismal first quarter, the company’s estimates for the next quarter and full year witnessed a downtrend.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate moved downward in the last 30 days. Notably, estimates of 1 cent per share for the second quarter moved down by a penny. Additionally, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2018 declined from 18 cents per share to 13 cents while estimates for 2018 declined by 7 cents to 21 cents.
Soft Active Representatives Hurt Performance
Avon has been troubled by soft Active Representatives growth for the past several quarters. This has been a major hurdle in the company’s efforts to revive top and bottom lines. Notably, the top line was impacted by lower Active Representatives as well as challenges in key markets in the first quarter of 2018. Active Representatives declined 4%, driven by fall in South Latin America and North Latin America. Moreover, Ending Representatives dipped 1% on account of softness in South Latin America and North Latin America, offset by growth in Europe, Middle East & Africa.
Though management has been aggressively trying to boost Representatives, this might take some time. Management anticipates the intensely competitive environment in Brazil to adversely impact pricing despite the improving economy.
Competition to Take a Toll
Avon faces intense competition from cosmetics products retailers in the domestic and international markets. Changing market trends and evolving consumer preferences might also weigh on the performance and hurt overall profits.
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