Disney (DIS - Free Report) is set to report third-quarter fiscal 2019 results on Aug 6.
Notably, the company’s earnings beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate in three of the trailing four quarters, the average positive surprise being 6.6%.
In second-quarter fiscal 2019, earnings of $1.61 per share comfortably beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by a couple of cents but declined 13% year over year.
Revenues of $14.92 billion increased 3% from the year-ago quarter and surpassed the consensus mark of $14.64 billion.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for third-quarter fiscal 2019 earnings has been steady at $1.76 over the past 30 days. The figure indicates a decline of 5.9% from the year-ago quarter’s reported figure.
The consensus mark for revenues is pegged at $21.68 billion, implying growth of 42.4% from the year-ago period’s reported figure.
Let’s see how things are shaping up for this announcement.
Avenger’s Endgame Success to Aid Top-line
Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame released on April 26 broke box-office records, hitting the billion-dollar mark in just five days.
The movie collected $350 million domestically and $1.2 billion worldwide by its opening weekend and shattered the record of Avengers: Infinity War, which took 11 days to hit the billion-dollar level.
Most recently, Avengers: Endgame surpassed Avatar to become the highest-grossing film of all time.
Additionally, Disney’s Aladdin released on May 24 has passed the $1-billion benchmark. Per CNBC, Toy Story 4 is set for a similar record.
Notably, Disney overall has collected a record $7.67 billion at the global box office this year till date.
The phenomenal success of Avengers: Endgame must have driven Studio Entertainment segment’s top line in the to-be-reported quarter.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for Studio Entertainment revenues is currently pegged at $4.76 billion, suggesting growth of 65.2% from the figure reported in the year-ago quarter.
DTC Investments to Hurt Profitability
Disney’s third-quarter fiscal 2019 profitability is likely to decline due to its ongoing investments in direct-to-consumer (DTC) businesses that now include Hulu, ESPN+ and the upcoming Disney+ streaming service.
Management expects DTC related investments to dent segment operating profit by almost $460 million.
What Our Model Says
According to the Zacks model, a company with a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), 2 (Buy) or 3 (Hold) has a good chance of beating estimates if it also has a positive Earnings ESP. Stocks with a Zacks Rank #4 or 5 (Sell-rated) are best avoided.
Disney has a Zacks Rank #3 and an Earnings ESP of 0.00%. You can uncover the best stocks to buy or sell before they’re reported with our Earnings ESP Filter.
Stocks to Consider
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CACI International (CACI - Free Report) has an Earnings ESP of +4.02% and a Zacks Rank #2. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
Cisco Systems (CSCO - Free Report) has an Earnings ESP of +1.53% and a Zacks Rank #2.
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