Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc. (SBH - Free Report) is scheduled to release first-quarter fiscal 2020 results on Feb 6. This international specialty retailer and distributor of professional beauty supplies has trailing four-quarter positive earnings surprise of 4.2%, on average. Let’s see how the company is positioned ahead of the upcoming quarterly results.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for fiscal first-quarter earnings is currently pegged at 56 cents per share, which suggests a decline of 1.8% from the year-ago quarter’s figure. Notably, the consensus mark has remained unchanged in the past 30 days. Also, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for revenues is pegged at $994.3 million, which suggests slight improvement of 0.5% from the year-ago quarter’s level.
Key Factors to Note
Sally Beauty has been benefiting from focus on its Transformation Plan. In this regard, the company has been improving customers’ experience, strengthening e-commerce capacities, curtailing costs and enhancing retail fundamentals. Notably, Sally Beauty rolled out Oracle-based point-of-sale (POS) systems in the United States and Canada. Additionally, the company is undertaking efforts to upgrade its websites along with e-commerce and mobile capabilities for all the segments. Further, Sally Beauty’s supply-chain initiatives like optimizing inventory levels and minimizing costs bode well.
However, sales in the company’s Sally Beauty Supply (SBS) segment have been declining for quite some time. SBS has been struggling with challenges in Europe and foreign-currency headwinds. Apart from this, the company expects higher SG&A expenses for fiscal 2020 owing to increase in wages in key markets along with higher investment in marketing and technology. The impact of these expenses is likely to have impacted the company’s fiscal first-quarter performance. In the last earnings call, management stated that revenues and profits are likely to be bent towards the second half of fiscal 2020.
What the Zacks Model Unveils
Our proven model predicts an earnings beat for Sally Beauty 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. You can uncover the best stocks to buy or sell before they’re reported with our Earnings ESP Filter.
Sally Beauty carries a Zacks Rank #3 and has an Earnings ESP of +1.11%.
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