Tapestry, Inc. ( TPR Quick Quote TPR - Free Report) is slated to report second-quarter fiscal 2020 results on Feb 6, before the opening bell. This house of lifestyle brands, and designer and marketer of fine accessories and gifts has a trailing four-quarter positive earnings surprise of 1.7%, on average. In the last reported quarter, the company witnessed positive earnings surprise of 8.1%. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for second-quarter earnings has been stable over the past 30 days at 99 cents, suggesting a decline of 7.5% from the year-ago reported number. The consensus estimates for revenues is pegged at $1,803 million, which is almost flat with the year-ago quarterly figure. Key Factors to Note Tough retail backdrop in North America, unfavorable currency movements, soft margins and weakness in Kate Spade brand have been hurting Tapestry’s performance. In the last earnings call, management guided flat revenues for the second quarter compared with the year-ago period. The projection takes into account low-single-digit growth in comps at Coach but a high-single-digit decline in the metric at Kate Spade, with revenues at Stuart Weitzman expected to be roughly even with the prior-year period. Further we note that SG&A expenses have been increasing for quite some time now. Management had earlier guided mid-single-digit increase in SG&A expenses for the second quarter, including the shift in timing of expenses from the first quarter. Consequently, any deleverage in SG&A expenses is likely to show on margins. Tapestry envisioned a decline in operating income in the to-be-reported quarter thanks to contraction in gross margin and higher SG&A expenses. A reflection of the same is likely to be visible in the bottom line, which is anticipated to decline year over year. Nonetheless, Tapestry has been leaving no stone unturned to tackle prevailing headwinds in the retail landscape — soft store traffic, stiff competition from online retailers and aggressive pricing strategy. The company has been undertaking transformational initiatives revolving around products, stores and marketing to counter these challenges. Further, the company has been undergoing a brand transformation and introducing modern luxury concept stores in key markets. These initiatives are likely to show on the fiscal second-quarter performance.
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