Burlington Stores, Inc. (BURL - Free Report) is slated to release third-quarter fiscal 2019 results on Nov 26. In the preceding four quarters, this off-price retailer outperformed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 8.7% on average. In the last reported quarter, the company delivered a positive earnings surprise of 18.3%.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for third-quarter earnings is currently pegged at $1.41, indicating an improvement of 16.5% from the year-ago quarter figure. The consensus estimate is in line with the high end of the company’s previously provided guided range of $1.37-$1.41. We note that the Zacks Consensus Estimate has remained stable in the past 30 days.
Key Factors to Note
Burlington Stores has been steadily increasing vendor counts, making technological advancements, initiating better marketing approach and focusing on localized assortments. The company has been concentrating on underpenetrated categories, particularly home, beauty and gifts, in order to make business less weather sensitive. Moreover, it has been gradually expanding store fleet.
All these endeavors have been aiding comparable sales, and in turn the top-line performance. Management had earlier projected total sales increase of 8.5-9.5% and comparable store sales growth of 2-3% for the third quarter. Meanwhile, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for revenues is pegged at $1,781 million, suggesting growth of 9.7% from the prior-year period. The consensus estimate for comparable store sales is pegged at 2.9%.
While these tailwinds raise optimism, we cannot ignore the impact of stiff competition from discount retailers and other pure e-commerce players on the top line. Moreover, any deleverage in SG&A expenses and increase in freight costs cannot be ruled out. This may show on margins in the third quarter.
What the Zacks Model Unveils
Our proven model predicts an earnings beat for Burlington Stores this time around. The combination of a positive Earnings ESP and a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), 2 (Buy) or 3 (Hold) increases the chances of an earnings beat. You can uncover the best stocks to buy or sell before they’re reported with our Earnings ESP Filter.
Burlington Stores has a Zacks Rank #2 and an Earnings ESP of +0.44%.
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