Costco Wholesale Corporation
(COST - Free Report
) is slated to report fourth-quarter fiscal 2019 results on Oct 3. The Issaquah, WA-based company has outperformed the Zacks Consensus Estimate in the trailing four quarters, with an average positive earnings surprise of 6%. In the last reported quarter, the company delivered a positive earnings surprise of 3.3%. Let’s see how things are shaping up prior to this announcement.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the quarter under review is $2.54, suggesting growth of roughly 7.6% from the year-ago quarter. We note that the Zacks Consensus Estimate has advanced by a penny in the past 30 days. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for revenues currently stands at $47,258 million, indicating an improvement of 6.4% from the year-ago reported figure.
Factors Influencing Costco’s Performance
Costco continues to be one of the dominant retail wholesalers based on the breadth and quality of merchandise offered. In fact, the company’s strategy to sell products at heavily discounted prices has helped it to remain on growth track. We believe that the company’s growth strategies, sturdy comparable sales (comps) performance and strong membership trends are likely to fuel the top line in the to-be-reported quarter.
Notably, comps for the month of August rose 5.5%, following an increase of 5.6%, 5.4% and 4.2% in July, June, and May, respectively. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for comps indicates growth of 5.2% in the third quarter.
Costco has been able to create a niche for itself on the back of growth strategies, better price management, strong membership trends and increasing penetration of e-commerce business. A differentiated product range enables the company to provide an upscale shopping experience, resulting in market share gains and higher sales per square foot.
The company is fast adopting the omni-channel mantra to provide a seamless shopping experience, whether online or in-stores. It is steadily expanding e-commerce capabilities in the United States, Canada, the U.K., Mexico, Korea and Taiwan. E-commerce comparable sales surged 23.9% in the month of August, following an increase of 21.3%, 15.7%, 20.2% in the months of July, June and May, respectively.
Certainly, the decent performance indicates that the company’s growth efforts have been fueling traffic across both the online and brick-and-mortar platforms. However, analysts pointed that any incremental investments or aggressive pricing strategy may weigh on margins. Moreover, rising SG&A expenses and stiff competition also remain concerns.
Costco Wholesale Corporation Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
What the Zacks Model Unveils?
Our proven model shows that Costco is likely to beat estimates this quarter. A stock needs to have both — a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), 2 (Buy) or 3 (Hold) and a positive Earnings ESP
— for this to happen. You can uncover the best stocks to buy or sell before they’re reported with our Earnings ESP Filter
Costco has a Zacks Rank #3 and an Earnings ESP of +0.37%. This makes us reasonably confident of an earnings beat.
Other Stocks With Favorable Combination
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) has an Earnings ESP of +7.05% and a Zacks Rank #3.
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